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Research areas

The Institute of Ecological Technology has a focus on unconventional research and solutions within ecological technology.

Our research includes non-traditional ways to affect water flow, water quality, plants, weather and eco-systems, as well as non-traditional alternative energy sources. Historically the institute has had a focus on ideas related to the Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger.

We work to define a series of research areas and review their progress, see below. These research areas are regularly featured in the biennial IWONE conferences.

Alternative water flow

This research area covers guiding and self-organizing water flow (e.g. Schauberger's energy bodies), temperature regulation of water courses, sloping logs, and other forms of indirect river regulation. It also covers areas like the effects of interaction between vegetation and river courses on the stability and evolution of the river bed, and alternative means to conduct water, e.g. double spiral pipes, fin pipes, Knossos pipes, Schauberger kudu pipes etc.

In the early 1980s, the institute organized a series of expeditions to the Oulanka National Park in northern Finland. The objective of the research programme was to verify (or correct) a series of hydrological hypotheses advanced by the Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger in the 1930s. The research programme has been actualized in the 2000s, particularly due to its relation to prevention of flooding.

Research was carried out in the 1980s relating to flow in spiral pipes (in co-operation with Royal Institute of Technology) and rhythmical flow in flow forms.

In the 1990s a series of projects studied self-organizing flow (particularly vortex flow). A spin-off was the unique self-organizing flow water drainage system of Augustenborg in Malmö. The drop channels with self-organizing flow was awarded the Excellent Swedish Design award by Svensk Form.

Read more:
Self-organizning Flow Technology
The Augustenborg Project
The drop channels

Alternative water treatment
This research area covers alternative (non-chemical) ways of treating water to improve its quality for drinking, for plants and agriculture, and for other uses. It covers e.g. indirect water treatment (information transfer), the effect of vortexing and water motion on water quality, magnetic water treatment, water memory effects and unconventional methods to measure water quality.

Research on the effects of vortex treatment of water goes back to the 1960s (and the Institute's predecessor, Biotec Foundation).

In the 2000s a survey on alternative water treatment was carried out, outlining the state of the field and important open questions.

Indirect influences on plants and soil
This research area covers alternative means to influence quality and growth on plants. E.g. Schauberger’s garden repulsator, paramagnetic towers (Callahan), pyramid greenhouses, and other alternative influences on vegetation. Also treatment of plants and soil with alternatively treated water.

Research on the garden repulsator was carried out in Sweden in the 1980s.

Non-traditional alternative energy sources
This research area covers non-traditional alternative energy sources. Whereas traditional alternative energy sources cover conventional wind power, solar energy etc., this area focuses on potential sources of renewable energy that are little known or not generally recognized as being useful energy sources. It could involve means to extract latent heat from the atmosphere, unconventional turbine designs (e.g. Schauberger's spiral turbines), heat pumps with anomalous properties, or means to use atmospheric electricity or natural electromagnetic fields as an energy source. Also more exotic topics such as means to extract gravitational energy, low energy nuclear reactions (known as cold fusion), and other "free energy" devices.

Alternative propulsion systems
This research area covers practical means of propulsion that are little explored. It could e.g. involve Coanda saucers, Schauberger's repulsine, lifters, propulsion by suction or by using oscillatory wave motions.

A project on Coanda saucers was carried out in 1997. Propulsion by suction in water has been investigated in the 2000s.

Read more:
Coanda saucers (external link)

Alternative climate influencing
This research area could involve non-chemical means to affect the humidity of the air (e.g. Reich's cloudbuster) or climate in general ("biomachines"), or new means to detect environmental changes, e.g. quality measurements using the electric potential of trees. It could also involve large scale effects (such as oxygenization of ponds, small lakes and bays) by alternative water treatment.

Oxygenation of ponds and small lakes was investigated by the spin-off Aquagyro in the 1990s.

Vortex barrel