6 IITians belonging to Bhopal have designed India’s first high-flow oxygen concentrator. So far the oxygen concentrators available in the country were imported from China and Singapore. These concentrators can supply 5 to 10 liters of oxygen per minute.
Suvonil Chakraborty, Akash Gupta, Praveen Kumar Yadav, Abhinav Roy, Ankit Joshi, and Shreyas designed the first Made in India, oxygen concentrators. It comprises a special liquid cooling system that lets the concentrator provide a 24×7 oxygen supply to 2 to 3 people.
Notably, it can supply 15 liters of oxygen per minute and costs Rs. 1.06 only, while the other concentrators available in the market supplying only 5 to 10 liters of oxygen per minute range from Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 1.30 lakhs.
Akash Gupta Lost His Mother 3 Years Ago, Could Not See People Dying
Akash Gupta stated, “We are all students from different IITs and were working together for a startup. A month ago when people were dying due to the lack of oxygen and oxygen cylinders were being airlifted, there was anxiety and fear all around."
"I remembered how three years ago, my mother lost her life because of collapsed lungs. I thought I could not save my mother, but can’t let thousands of people die because of such a disease. We put the work of our truck technology on hold and decided to design oxygen concentrators to save the lives of people in cities as well as villages” he added.
The Group Has Spent 20 Lakh Rupees From Their Own Savings To Make The Concentrator
The young IITians spent about Rs. 20 lakh in researching and designing the concentrator. The group also crowdfunded Rs 3.5 lakh to donate some concentrators to the government hospitals in the rural area of MP.
The free concentrators have been provided to two hospitals of Mandsaur so far. They have also sent some concentrators to hospitals in Delhi and Hyderabad. Notably, the concentrators are designed according to the humidity and temperature of India.