In November 2015, FREO2 published a brief report on the SIPHON system in the peer reviewed journal Pneumonia. The report outlines how the system functions, the problems that it is designed to solve, and data from the prototype running in Gippsland, Australia. There is also a section which describes the next steps in the development and implementation of the system.
The Low Pressure Oxygen Store (LPOS), one of the two founding projects of FREO2, has won the People’s Choice Award for Most Promising Childhood Pneumonia Innovation on World Pneumonia Day. Designed to save lives during power outages, LPOS won the award at the Pneumonia Innovations Summit in New York City. With gratitude, A/Prof. Jim Black and Dr. Roger Rassool received the award on behalf of the FREO2 team, and would like to thank all of FREO2's supporters who have assisted the team as they work to save lives.
Established in 2009, World Pneumonia Day is marked every year on November 12th to:
- Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading killer of children under the age of five;
- Promote interventions to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia; and
- Generate action to combat pneumonia.
In a world first, the FREO2 team has successfully produced concentrated oxygen in a remote location with no electricity. The team used the FREO2/SIPHON system to produce medical grade oxygen concentrations above 90%, sustaining the production of concentrated oxygen into the night. Following years of research and development, these results are a milestone for the FREO2 team.