Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology has developed a microwave steriliser ‘Atulya’, to kill the novel Coronavirus. The Defence Ministry said the technology disintegrates the virus by differential heating in the range of 56 to 60 degree Celsius.
Calling it a cost-effective solution, the Defence Ministry said the system can be operated in portable or fixed installations.
The system was tested and found safe for human/operator safety. Depending on the size and shape of objects, the time taken for sterilisation ranges between 30 seconds and a minute. Weighing 3 kilos, the system can be used for non-metallic objects.
The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, is a deemed university supported by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
In recent weeks, the DRDO has developed several products to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These include ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, large area sanitisation solutions and COVID-19 sample collection kiosks.
Last week, the DRDO facilitated medical oxygen plants for hospitals in far-flung areas to enable them to generate their own oxygen supply.