Californian clean energy company Bloom Energy has joined forces with Almo Corporation to refurbish ventilators in order to support the US healthcare system during the spread of coronavirus.
Through the partnership Bloom Energy will refurbish the ventilators and Almo will ship the ventilators to and from Bloom’s manufacturing facilities in California and Delaware for refurbishment before shipment to the state agencies and hospitals.
“This is our call to action,” said KR Sridhar, Bloom Energy’s Founder, Chairman and CEO.
“We have to help. Manufacturing is in our DNA and we believe that it allows our country to stand strong, especially during a time of crisis and need.”
The partnership with formed after California Governor, Gavin Newsom, reached out to Sridhar for support following increased demand in hospitals and other medical facilities.
Following support request, the state provided Bloom Energy with 24 unused, idle ventilators that needed to be refurbished.
Overnight, Bloom Energy engineers developed a method to fix the ventilators and had all 24 refurbished by Saturday afternoon.
Bloom Energy is currently working with biomedical engineers at Stanford Health Care to test the functionality of its refurbished ventilators.
According to Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there are currently 12,700 ventilators in the national “stockpile”.
“Bloom Energy is stepping up to meet this movement,” said Newsom.
“This is a great story about Californians looking out for each other. Ventilators provide the most effective intervention for COVID-19 patients in critical care, and the unites being refurbished here will save lives.”