The machine is nothing but a “deep scientific innovation that generates oxygen 3.5 times purer than what one normally gets from a concentrator,” claimed the startup’s co-founders, Dr. Soumyajit Roy and his wife, Dr. Pei Liang. , Thursday. The device was selected by the Department of Biotechnology for presentation and launch on the 10th day of its foundation and at the 1st Bio-Tech Expo 2022.
“Pressure swing adsorption method for the production of oxygen works by liquefying air while the concentrator works by concentrating air through a compressor and then passing it through a catalyst. In these two processes oxygen is generated from the air. ours is an alternative technology,” Roy, the professor of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata. He said their innovation is called pneumatically coupled water oxidation by electrocatalytic reaction (Power), where the life-saving gas is produced from water.
The machine was one of the products featured in a book published by the Union’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, commemorating 75 years of independence. “This technology has been patented and approved by the World Health Organization and European Conformity,” he claimed, adding that the scientists pair are in talks with several organizations to license the device, as well as manufacture and market it. “The product is a sleek white pine box, weighing 8kg, that delivers oxygen by just pressing a switch and runs on electricity and also has a 3.5-hour battery backup,” said Pei Liang, a bachelor of medicine from a Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.
The device can be made handy and scaled up, she said during a program jointly organized by West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited (Webel) and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We are actively considering the proposal for the production and marketing of the device that produces oxygen. We are positive about the technology and impressed by its simplicity. A girl or boy can operate the device.
Given the progress the startup has made, commercialization of the device is expected in the next three months,” said Sunrita Hazra, general manager of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited (Webel). The incubation center, a joint initiative of Webel and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has incubated about 54 companies in recent years, including about 18 entities that are currently going through the process, according to Kalyan Kar, the unit’s mentor.
Of the companies that completed the incubation process, 10-12 made it to the commercial state, he said, adding that several companies have approached the center from tier II and III cities of the state, and the participation of female entrepreneurs is also significant.
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