Pune, April 9: After Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR) joined hands with Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) for testing coronavirus samples, its constituent Lab on Thursday, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Pune, has now associated with Bharat Electronics Ltd, Pune (BEL). It has also developed two new innovations that will help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in India.
CSIR-NCL has led the way in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through its Venture Centre for the past decade. This has helped to create several new innovations that will now aid to combat the virus. Meanwhile, two of the recent innovations- Digital IR Thermometer and Oxygen Enrichment Unit that can help to lessen the severity of the coronavirus crisis.
These innovations will enable a large number of manufacturers to manufacture the thermometers and cater to their local demands. To fulfill this need, they have joined hands with BEL.
1) Digital IR Thermometer
It is an important component of measures to mitigate the virus by using mobile phones or power banks for power. The design of IR thermometers is available open-source wherein the complete know-how with mass manufacturing-ready hardware and software design will be available to manufacturers across India for free. This is an effort to enable a large number of manufacturers to manufacture the thermometers and cater to their local demands.
Now it is being scaled up in partnership with BEL. and testing at TUV Rheinland India Pvt Ltd Bangalore. This has been developed by CSIR-NCL’s Venture Centre’s incubatee BMek which is headed by Mr. Pratik Kulkarni.
2) Oxygen enrichment unit (OEU)
One of the crucial demands of the virus patients is the need to meet the oxygen requirements due to their lungs being compromised. OEUs to increase the oxygen concentration from the ambient air of 21-22% to 38-40%. OEU is hollow fiber membrane bundles for separation and filtration of ambient air to produce enriched oxygen for patients in the home and hospital settings. About 10 EU machines will be assembled by NCL BEL in Pune and after the trials, scale-up will be done.
This has been developed by CSIR-NCL and Genrich Membranes, a start-up innovation venture founded by Dr. Ulhas Kharul who is head of the Polymer Science & Engineering Division at NCL.
About 100 prototype units of digital IR thermometer will be made for pilot distribution whereas prototype units of OEUs are ready at Pune which will be further sent to TUV Rheinland India Pvt Ltd Bangalore for testing.
Five, infrared non-contact thermometers were handed over to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Pune while the Genrich-NCL OEU machine was connected to a patient’s breathing mask in the medical center during prototype testing near Pune.