Water May Be Treated for Multiple Different Reasons
Microwave Energy Applications for Wastewater and Biohazardous Waste
Microwave technologies have been used in the food processing industry for tempering (thawing) frozen foods or cooking chicken, meats, and fish but it has numerous applications in other industries.
The treating of wastewater and biohazardous materials has also embraced microwave energy as an efficient solution for sanitation and removal of pathogens. Microwave energy creates a disinfection process like the way steam on contaminants work. The microwaves heat up the moisture within the material to point of sanitization.
The time for sanitization using microwave energy is reduced considerably and the technology has become and effective and quick method for treating wastewater to create purified water for drinking or returning to ground aqua reservoirs. Hospitals and medical facilities have begun utilizing microwaves in their treatment of contaminated materials because the technology is more efficient and less time consuming than older traditional methods.
Much like a household kitchen microwave oven, the same principal applies. The microwave energy
cycles a high frequencies, around 2.45 billion times a second. This extreme frequency causes the water and solids molecules to vibrate and as the molecules try to align to the shifting electromagnetic fields, the friction of this action generates heat thus turning the moisture around and within the hazardous material into steam. The action of heat denatures to the proteins in the cell walls of the microbes results in the destruction of pathogens.
Water is an essential ingredient to this process.
Rising concerns of environmental destruction caused by dumping hazardous wastes in landfill and
oceans, the need to properly treat and sanitize waster and biohazardous materials in a more secure and efficient manner has become paramount to the survival of the planet. In numerous studies, the use of microwaves has been proven highly effective for inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms from E. Coli to Clostridium difficile.
Solid wastes when pretreated with microwave energy has proven to be much more effective than
ultrasonication, with microorganism cellular destruction at a fivefold greater rate.
The technology used for these treatments are very sophisticated and require expertise in the science and applications.
Contact Machlett today to discuss how microwave energy tech can be the solution to your wastewater and biohazardous problem.