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New Delhi, NFAPost: CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, in association with MSME-DI, Raipur, indigenously developed Oxygen enrichment technology may effective for treating COVID-19 patients.

Speaking at a webinar, Dr. V R Sirsath, Joint Director & HOO, MSME DI Raipur stated the entire nation is undergoing an unprecedented pandemic situation of Covid-19 and is running out of medical-grade oxygen.

“The CSIR-CMERI indigenously developed Oxygen enrichment technology has tremendous potential to treat Covid-19 affected patients. I urge all the participant industries/Entrepreneurs to come forward in this crucial juncture and manufacture the device at the earliest,” said Dr. V R Sirsath.

Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI during his address stated that CSIR-CMERI developed an Oxygen enrichment unit requiring easily available oil-free reciprocating compressor, Oxygen grade zeolite sieves and pneumatic components.

“This unit can safely be placed in the isolation ward of the hospital for patients who are in dire need of Oxygen. He also added that CSIR-CMERI will be providing manufacturing guidance to the technology transfer as well as provide information on raw materials sourcing,” said Harish Hirani.

Dr. Anupam Sinha, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, presented the technical note on the Oxygen enrichment unit, which has been transferred to two industries.

The unit is capable of delivering medical air in the range of up to 15 LPM with oxygen purity of more than 90%. If required, this unit can even deliver up to 70 LPM at a purity of around 30%.

Raipur Industry Association President along with several others from the industry and entrepreneurs participated in the webinar and interacted with the speakers on the subject.

A good number of industries have shown their interest in CSIR-CMERI developed Oxygen Enrichment technology and expressed their willingness to start the manufacturing with the cooperation of CSIR-CMERI.

CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur is a premier Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the country under the Ministry of Science & Technology. CSIR-CMERI has already invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from Indian Companies / Manufacturing agencies/ MSMEs / Startups for manufacturing Oxygen Enrichment Units through technology transfer.

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