The office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India has announced the launch of ‘Project O2 for India’ that aims at ascertaining the supply of crucial raw materials like zeolites, production of compressors, and setting up of micro-oxygen plants.
Notably, the second wave of coronavirus in India witnessed a robust increase in the demand for medical oxygen from different parts of the nation. Along with meeting burgeoning demand, manufacturing of medical oxygen has also become extremely important to ensure its supply for future demands.
According to an official statement by the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Project O2 for India is a National Consortium of Oxygen that aims at allowing national level supply of crucial raw materials, establishment of small oxygen plants, and the production of oxygen concentrators and ventilators.
In addition to above, the project not only aims at offering short-term relief but also working to strengthen the production ecosystem for long-term preparedness.
Sources close to the news reveal that a committee of experts is assessing crucial equipment like oxygen concentrators, plant and ventilators from various Indian producers, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, as well as startups.
For the record, the manufacturing and supply consortium comprises of notable names like Tata Consulting Engineers; C-CAMP, Bharat Electronics Limited, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISER- Venture Center in Bhopal and Pune, and over 40 MSMEs.
As per reports, the consortium has also started gaining philanthropic or CSR grants from institutions like Climate Works Foundation, USAID, and Edwards Life Sciences Foundation.
Organizations like American Indian Foundation, Hope Foundation, BNP Paribas, Walmart, and Hitachi are acquiring oxygen concentrators and VPSA units as a part of their CSR initiatives to offer support to ‘Project O2’.
Reportedly, The National Mineral Development Corporation or NMDC Ltd. has undertaken to fund the procurement of raw materials such as zeolite for producers in the consortium of oxygen.