Coronavirus: Young Nigerian man builds solar-powered ventilator from local materials

Coronavirus: Young Nigerian man builds solar-powered ventilator from local materials

- Ichor Joshua, assisted by other engineers, has built a locally-made ventilator

- What differentiates the machine from many others is that it uses solar-power technology

- Joshua said that the machine can be used anywhere, especially places lacking electricity

A young Nigerian man, Ichor Joshua, has led a team of engineers, to build a locally-made ventilator so that more people can survive the pandemic.

He said that while there has been a lot of focus on high-tech ventilators, they worked on the ventilator to cater to environments without resources like power supply.

Called an S-Vent, Joshua said that the machine was built using materials and components that make it easy to build the ventilator anywhere.

With its solar power technology, there is no limitation on where it could be used.

See pictures of the machine below:

Meanwhile, earlier reported that another team of Nigerian engineers was able to create a prototypical ventilator in a week.

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The head of the team, Tunde Okoya, the managing director of Lange and Grant Commodities Limited, said it was in their response to the government’s call.

The call was made to challenge local manufacturers to find a lasting solution to the situation of ventilator shortage.

“So we put together a technical committee and the result is what we see today. We studied and captured heat values using our thermo-graphic camera. Values recorded are great and there hasn’t been any thermal runaway,” Okoya spoke about the production process.

Okoya said the company has always been motivated to save lives and that's what was behind the speed that went into creating the breathing machine.

The MD of the team of engineers said that mass production is the least problem, that once the prototype is okay, they could produce as much as 300 ventilators in a week.

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In other news, an unnamed talented young Nigerian man rose up to the challenge by creating a ventilator.

In a video shared by a Twitter user with the handle @skyman_i2, the Nigerian explains how his invention works.

He also showed the different components that made it up. Most especially, the inventor pointed out how the machine can be regulated through a switch. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better

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