A method and apparatus for continuously drying and regenerating ceramic beads for use in process gas moisture drying operations such as glove boxes. A microwave energy source is coupled to a process chamber to internally heat the ceramic beads and vaporize moisture contained therein. In a preferred embodiment, the moisture laden ceramic beads are conveyed toward the microwave source by a screw mechanism. The regenerated beads flow down outside of the screw mechanism and are available to absorb additional moisture.
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This invention was made with government support under contracts DE-AC05-840R21400, awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., and the United States Government has certain rights in this invention.