IISc team helping to build micro oxygen generators across India

IISc team helping to build micro oxygen generators across India

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Team aims to install micro oxygen generators at 30,000 PHCs in country, including 80 in Bengaluru


With a dreadful oxygen shortage gripping the country during the second wave of covid, an IISC professor and his team have taken up an initiative to ensure we never have to go through that nightmare again. The team is helping build micro oxygen generators (MOGs) in small hospitals and government health care facilities across the country. Currently they are manufacturing the MOGs which they plan to install the in 80 Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the city.

The team of four members at Indian Institute of Science (IISC) led by Prof. S Dasappa designed a PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) technology-based Oxygen generation plant with the aim to install the AI-powered equipment across 30,000 PHCs in India. A team member Sohan Poojari said that he and three others came up with idea through the S3 medical oxygen generator open source document written by the Prof. Dasappa and contacted him expressing interest in working with him for the generator and reaching out to the small hospitals.

“We have designed the oxygen generators with utmost safety aspects. We are also providing the service network which takes care of maintenance and upgrade of the software which most companies lack leaving the beneficiaries struggling in case of breakdowns. Once it is installed, it does not require anyone to look after it. If there are any issues with the equipment, a message would be sent to the user,” he said. Poojari added that the team is focussing on rural areas as people often need to travel to cities for better health care. “If the health infrastructure in the rural government facilities is upgraded, they need not risk their lives travelling to cities in case of emergency or spend a lot of money,” he said.



The team includes Poojari S, Product Design & Development, Saikiran Kosmae, Research & Development, Vivek Sharma, Robotics Automation & Manu-facturing and Nanjunda Pratap Palecanda, Business Strategy & Collaboration. They have partnered for commercialising the plant with Hoyasan Labs and 1by0grit to build services and a support network. Hoyasan Labs is an IISC incubated Medtech Venture while 1by0grit is a platform for entrepreneurs to improve rate of success.

Palecanda, who is a chief evangelist at 1by0grit and a Hoyasan advisor, told BM that the state has close to 3,000 PHCs and at least 1/3rd of them have MOGs, which would mean 900 machines, the mass rush to large cities and bigger hospitals would be reduced. “With this, 80 per cent of the population of Karnataka which is about 4.8 crore can be managed safely and the rest of the infrastructure can support critical care. There are 227 PHCs in Bengaluru and we want to ensure there’s no repeat of the situation we faced earlier, so out of these at least 80 PHCs should have Oxygen Generators installed along with boosters which would support the rest of the PHCs in the area by filling the oxygen cylinders,” he said. He said that there is a need for oxygen generators more than oxygen concentrators as generators are a long-term solution for public infrastructure which can save multiple lives at a time. “Concentrators emerged as an alternative source due to oxygen shortage during the second wave but they cannot be used at hospitals. Concentrators can support one patient for 24 – 48 hours with 30 litres per day and has to be shut for six hours but micro generators can supply oxygen to several people at a time even if there are power cuts by utilising stored oxygen with 1,000 litres per day. If these generators are installed in the PHCs, it could save several lives,” he said.

Recently, one such MOG was installed in one of the PHCs in Bengaluru South. The team is also planning to install MOGs in small charitable hospitals in the city for which they are conducting a crowdfunding campaign. Cost of each installation and one-year support comes at Rs. 18.5 lakh. They have reached out to DCs in rural areas seeking their assistance and support to install them at the PHCs.

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