Hyderabad: In the current Covid-19 crisis, there is an immense need for oxygen and many are buying oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators and generators.
Coming forward to lend support to these people is Ducere, a city-based tech company that has built a no-electricity oxygen generator, go2box, which is capable of generating medical grade oxygen at a flow-rate of 10 litres per minute at 95 per cent oxygen concentration.
A brainchild of Ducere CEO Krispian Lawrence and his team, this oxygen generator can help save lives, in a cost-effective manner, they say.
“We are primarily a wearable tech and IoT company but last year, when the pandemic started, we wanted to build one oxygen machine for our own team to use in a worst case scenario. After debating the pros and cons of concentrators or generators, we decided to go with the one that costs the least and can easily be distributed and is safe at the same time. That is how this product was born,” shares Lawrence.
The machine utilises a peroxide based chemical reaction to generate oxygen and does not need any electricity.
“The chemistry behind generating oxygen is nothing new but in this case, we had to ensure the product is safe to use, reliable and also portable. That is why our team spent months and finally we are out with the final product. It has also been tested by laboratories and it gives an output of more than 95 per cent oxygen concentration,” Lawrence explains.
The device weighs 15 kg when empty and has a 20 litre chemical container that can be removed for transportation. The company is also in the process of establishing a supply-chain of the chemical necessary for this product, with the possibility of having refilling centres in the city.
According to Lawrence, the device can be used for cases that don’t require the high-flow rate and can also be used as an interim measure to provide oxygen while a hospital is being arranged. “We plan on having these in various centres, wherein we can provide the oxygen support necessary for mild cases or as an interim measure and we are planning on establishing one such centre by next week,” he says.
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