30 Mar 2020
Local oxygen generation in the medical sector
Oxygen generation systems can be used to create breathable oxygen locally at the point of need. With available power and water sources they provide a continuous alternative source to bottled oxygen.
TP Group has been making atmosphere management systems for naval submarines for over forty years. Our systems produce breathable oxygen as well as dealing with exhaled gases, including carbon dioxide. These systems support life so that people can breathe in enclosed spaces, living and working comfortably for many months at a time. They are rugged and reliable, and trusted by the Royal Navy to operate under duress and without interruption.
Outside the world of submarines, the systems are scalable, and with suitable power and water supplies can be positioned on site at a hospital or laboratory complex. The oxygen product can be used directly, either on demand or stored for later use, or fed into ventilation systems to oxygenate the air circulation. One compact system installed close to a medical facility could produce enough continuous oxygen supply to keep dozens of intensive care patients supplied.
TP Group is currently investigating how a deployment of its technology onto a medical site could provide a practical and suitable solution. A typical unit is quite compact and will fit onto a standard pallet. It can be sited indoors if there is space, and is potentially weatherproof if put inside a suitable cabinet.
It would take a feed from the drinking water supply, but in very modest quantities, typically around 200 litres per day. Power would come from a standard three phase supply and would consume around 100kW.
When connected to the facility oxygen pipework, the product will feed directly into the infrastructure. The unit was designed to provide oxygen to mix with the general breathable atmosphere continuously. For pure oxygen supply to intensive care beds, it is expected to feed over 100 beds continuously and without the need to change bottles or the risk of bottle supply being interrupted.
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