CERN is working on a battery-powered ventilator to fight COVID-19

The process of intubation

As it turns out, the folks over at CERN are not too busy studying God particles to worry about the rest of the world. After establishing a COVID-19 task force, CERN scientists are now working on a battery-powered ventilator.

According to their April 8th press release, they’ve assembled said task force at the end of March. In a couple of weeks, they have received suggestion ideas in the hundreds, from their community of 18,000 big brains around the world.

One such idea was a new ventilator design, called High-energy Ventilator (HEV), that is currently in the prototype stage. This new ventilator is not as efficient as regular ones, but will assist in less severe cases or as patients recover. That should alleviate the load on full-blown ventilators for those in more critical or intensive cases.

Just like MIT’s design, this one is also made out of readily available components that don’t cost very much. Additionally, it will be designed to run on batteries, emergency power generators or even renewable sources such as solar. This should make it usable in situations with unstable or limited access to energy.

Beyond ventilators, they’re also working on producing large quantities of hand sanitizer gel. Further, they’ve been putting their 3D printing facilities to work making protective equipment in the form of masks and shields.

They are continuously searching for ways to contribute their resources to the fight. One of those ways they’ve been exploring is the development of a vaccine. Hopefully all these great minds and state of the art equipment can help us in that mission.

Of course, all of this will be free to use, modify and distribute under CERN’s Open Hardware License. This is to ease the adoption and evolution of the CERN ventilator and other discoveries in the fight against COVID-19.