solar: the start-up from Bengal Solaire is developing a device to produce oxygen from water

A West Bengal startup has released a device that produces oxygen from water at the flick of a switch, the technology’s founders have claimed. “OM Redox”, the device developed by Solaire Initiatives Pvt Ltd, which is incubated at the Webel-BCC&I Tech incubation center here, delivers pure oxygen from water, they said.

The machine is nothing more than a “profound scientific innovation that generates oxygen 3.5 times purer than that normally obtained from a concentrator,” the startup’s co-founders claimed on Thursday. , Dr. Soumyajit Roy and his wife, Dr. Pei Liang.

The device was selected by the Department of Biotechnology to be showcased and launched on its 10th founding day and the 1st Bio-Tech Expo 2022.

“The pressure swing adsorption method for oxygen production works with the liquefaction of air, while the concentrator works by concentrating the air by a compressor and then passing it through a catalyst. In both of these processes, oxygen is generated from the air. Ours is an alternative technology,” Roy, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata.

He said their innovation is called Air-Coupled Water Oxidation by Electrocatalytic (Power) Reaction in which the life-saving gas is produced from water.

The machine was among the products featured in a book published by Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh commemorating 75 years of independence.

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“This technology is patented and approved by the World Health Organization and European compliance,” he said, adding that the pair of scientists are in discussions with various organizations to license the device, its manufacture and its use. marketing.

“The product is an elegant white pine wooden box, weighing 8 kg, which provides oxygen at the flick of a switch and runs on electricity and also with a 3.5 hour backup battery,” said said Pei Liang, a medical graduate from Huazhong. University of Science and Technology of China.

The device can be made practical and scaled, she said during a program jointly organized by West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited (

) and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We are actively looking at the proposal to manufacture and market the device that produces oxygen. We are positive about the technology and impressed with its simplicity. A girl or a boy can operate the device. Given the progress made by the startup, the commercialization of the device is expected within the next three months,” said Sunrita Hazra, Managing Director of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited (Webel).

The incubation center, a joint initiative of Webel and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has incubated about 54 companies in recent years, including about 18 entities that are currently in the process. said Kalyan Kar, the unit’s mentor.

Of the companies that have completed the incubation process, 10 to 12 have reached commercial status, he said, adding that several companies have approached the center from Tier II and Tier III cities in the state. and that the participation of women entrepreneurs is also important. PTI BDC RG RG

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