IIT BOMBAY: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay came up with an indigenous solution to the issue of shortage of medical Oxygen required for treating COVID-19 patients. To address this grave issue, IIT BOMBAY came up with an alternative which includes converting nitrogen Units into an oxygen generating Unit.
This alternative aka pilot project has been tested successfully and it relies on a simple technology intervention that converts the Pressure Swing Adsorption nitrogen unit into a PSA oxygen unit. On Thursday, the institute released an official statement informing about the same.
The institute further claimed “promising results” at the IIT Bombay in the initial tests conducted for the same.
As per the official statement, a purity level of 93% to 96% in oxygen production could be claimed at 3.5 atm pressure.
By fine-tuning the existing nitrogen plant setup and changing the molecular sieves from Carbon to Zeolite, this result of the conversion of the nitrogen unit into an oxygen unit could be achieved.
Prof. Milind Atrey, Dean (R&D), IIT BOMBAY informed that such nitrogen plants take air from the atmosphere as raw material. Atrey, who led the project, also informed that such plants are available across various industrial plants in the country.
The current public health emergency can be handled by converting these nitrogen plants into oxygen generators, potentially.
IIT Bombay, Tata Consulting Engineers, and Spantech Engineers, Mumbai have collaborated on this pilot project. They deal with the PSA nitrogen and oxygen plant production.
An MOU has been signed between IIT-Bombay, Tata Consulting Engineers, and Spantech Engineers to undertake this study on an urgent basis and to finalize a standard operating procedure (SOP) that may be leveraged across the country.
Congratulating all the involved parties, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, IIT-Bombay Director referred to such partnerships between industries and Academia as “highly desirable”. He also called them essential for the success and growth of the nation.