In both scientific tests and prestige installations, the Vi~Aqua systems have proved highly effective.
In the research and development phase, extensive, published testing was carried out in Ireland at the University of Limerick, the Research Unit at Teagasc, Co Meath, and at Warrenstown Agricultural College.
Proven installation sites include:
- the K Club Golf course, Ireland, which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup
- several English premiership football clubs and international stadia, including the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
- Parken Stadium, Copenaghen
- Irish producers of lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables in greenhouses
- Chicken and pig farmers in Ireland, Denmark and other countries.
At the Millennium Stadium
The Vi~Aqua system is in use at the Millennium Stadium, and helped grow a superb grass pitch for all rugby and football internationals.
Vi~Aqua has helped the grass overcome the adverse effects of the enclosed stadium, which restricts both sunlight and air circulation at pitch level. The energised water encourages quicker and deeper root development, providing greater surface stability, and also increases the sward's natural defences against disease.
At the Parken Stadium
Vi~Aqua played a significant part in protecting the grass pitch, when Copenhagen's Parken Stadium hosted the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite being covered for 16 days, the pitch looked remarkably well after the event. There was no sign of disease, and it was back in class sporting action just four days later.
“We have decided to continue using the Vi~Aqua Plant Growth Enhancement System
water treatment in conjunction with the other maintenance programme currently in use
at our Course, in preparation for the Ryder Cup 2006.” Gerard Byrne Golf Course Superintendent. The K club, Ireland. “A great asset, the first in Ireland and ZPM Europe’s pioneering use of the new
Vi~Aqua Plant Growth Enhancement System. The results (of using Vi~Aqua) at
Abbeyliex are visible and tangible, a spectacular dark green sward on the new greens
which offer a perfect durable putting surface.” Gerry O’Hara, Captain. Abbeyliex Golf Club, Ireland.
"With reference to the trial period of the EIDS machine that we tested on our Championship
Golf Course during the summer season 2013, I am pleased to inform you that the device used (inline EIDS)
has consistently exceeded our expectations either referring to water economy and to the very positive results
we ascertained on the treated lot. Consequently I am happy to let you know that the Council Board, together
with the Greenkeeper, has approved the purchase of one sump EIDS to be placed in the main accumulation tank
in order to irrigate all the sectors of the Golf Course , starting from next spring 2014."
Riccardo Giannini - Manager of S.Valentino Golf Club, Castellarano(Reggio Emilia) Italy - December 12th, 2013
FARMERS JOURNAL story
“The grass experiment concluded that the (Vi~Aqua) treated samples produced significantly higher carbohydrate concentration, which would increase the ensilability of the grass even under conditions climatically unfavourable for grass growth.” Dr JJ Leahy, Chemical & Environmental Science Department. University of Limerick, Ireland. A groundbreaking new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. Using a Star Trek style technology of electrically energising water, the natural plant process of photosynthesis, whereby sunlight is converted to plant mass, is rapidly accelerated.
Developed by Professor Austin Darragh and Dr JJ Leahy of Limerick University’s Department of Chemistry & Environmental Science, the hardy eco friendly technology uses nothing except the natural elements of sunlight, water, carbon dioxide in the air and the minerals in the soil.
Among the many extraordinary results to emerge from plants treated with energised water are:
- 30% - 40% increase in crop size and yield.
- More disease-resistant.
- Require far less fertiliser.
- Need one third less water.
- Will thrive in poor soil.
- Taste better.
- Longer shelf life.
The compact biscuit tin sized technology which is called Vi-Aqua -meaning life water- converts 24 volts of electricity into a radio signal which charges up the water via an antennae. Once the device is attached to a hose, thousands of gallons of water can be charged up in less than ten minutes at a cost of pennies.
The technology significantly reduces the expensive burden of poisonous pesticides and fertiliser residues which ultimately ends up in the food chain, and can over time damage the soil.
Speaking about the new technology, Professor Austin Darrragh says:
“Vi-Aqua makes water wetter and introduces atmospheric nitrogen into the water in the form of nitrates- so it is free fertiliser. It also produces the miracle of rejuvenating the soil by invigorating soil-based micro organisms.”
“We can also make water savings of at least 30%. Percent. When the water is treated it becomes a better solvent which means it can carry more nutrients to the leaves and stem and percolate better down into the soil to nourish the roots, which in turn produces a better root system. Hence the reason you need less water and why you end up with larger and hardier crops,” explains Professor Austin Darragh.
Extensively tested in Warrenstown Agricultural College, the eco friendly technology is being hailed as a modern day miracle.
Harold Lawler is Ireland’s foremost Agricultural Specialist. As Director of the National Botanical Gardens and former Master of Agricultural Science at Warrenstown Agricultural College, he has carried out more research on Vi-Aqua growth enhancing technology than perhaps anyone else in the world:
“In the Bedding plants we really saw a difference in the results, they were much hardier and tougher. You could drop a tray of these plants on the ground and they would not shatter like the ordinary plants which were being fed normal college water.”
“On examination, we found more potassium in the treated plants which made them more sturdier. We also noticed that the treated plants needed far less fertiliser than the untreated ones. The roots took the nutrients in better whereas with other normal plants leaching of minerals occurs,” explains Harold Lawler.
Impressed, Harold Lawler’s research team carried out further extensive tests on a wide variety of vegetable plants. Typically test plants being watered with electrically charged water were kept 30-40 feet apart from the untreated plants. The experiments were also replicated 4 times:
“All the tests done in Warrenstown College were carried out in a very scientific way. The Ice Berg lettuces were far superior with faster germination, and with carrots for example, the crops were on average 46% heavier”, explains Harold Lawler.
The system is now being used to irrigate the K Club golf course and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and football pitches all across the continent:
“Because of the water treatment, the root systems of the grass are more resistant to trauma. As a result the courses have kept a beautiful green colour,” explains Professor Austin Darragh.
Elsewhere, the Indian Government have now concluded their own tests which confirm that they are able to boost Tea (plant) production by over a third whilst using far less water. Similar groundbreaking studies are currently being carried out in Kenya and Australia.
The drought problem was highlighted three years ago when the UK Government’s Department of the Environment issued a stark warning to British farmers and gardeners alike about the desertification of large parts of the South of England.
They later went on to advise farmers that in future they may have no option but to seriously consider cultivating Mediterranean type vegetation.
In recent years the governments of Spain, Portugal and Italy have watched with growing alarm as the dry arid areas have steadily advanced forward into greener areas rendering thousands of square miles of agricultural land unviable.
The nub of the problem is a serious lack of rainfall globally. In the USA record droughts over the past number of years has turned large parts of the grain belt in the north central states into a dust bowl resulting in over 50% of the grain crops being wiped out:
“America will be facing starvation by 2025 because of the lack of grain and water and an increasing population. Bear in mind it takes 1,000 tons of water to produce one ton of grain, so the lack of water is a very serious problem. We believe that Vi-Aqua can help address this problem,” explains Professor Darragh.
Limerick University off campus company, ZPM Europe Ltd, who are based in the National Technology Park, Limerick is now manufacturing the technology for farming applications.