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Excerpted from Break Through Power by Jeane Manning

Viktor Schauberger The Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger (1885–1958) studied how hidden energy from the cosmos enters into nature’s spiraling motions, including those in flowing water, in moving air currents, and other natural spirals. Out of his observations came energy-harnessing inventions that pointed the way to harmless power technologies. But most people missed the cue.

Victor Schauberger was a ... Naturalist, Forester, Philosopher, and Inventor of “implosion technology” Schauberger spent countless hours watching vortexian turbulence—three-dimensional spiralling—in the water of wild rivers. In a pristine ecosystem he saw a landlocked lake renewing itself with a whirlpool followed by a giant waterspout. At nights, by a waterfall in the light of a full moon, he learned about the heightened energy state of cold water by seeing certain egg-shaped rocks float. Keeping in mind his motto of “understand nature, then copy nature,” the observant genius made what he called “living machines.” Today’s main energy technologies use outward-moving explosion, such as fuel-burning and atom-splitting. By contrast, Schauberger’s machines operated on principles of inward-spiraling movements of implosion. In short, he generated electric energy in a radically different way by working in harmony with nature’s creative movements. One of the turning points in his understanding of energy took place one day when he startled a large trout in a swiftly flowing stream. He’d been wondering how the fish could remain motionless in fast-moving water, with only slight movement of its tailfins to keep its position. How and why did this trout flee upstream instead of letting the current help push it downstream? The observant forester eventually figured out that the fish’s shape and motions caused vortices to form and push the trout against the current. He also discovered a relationship between water’s temperature and its ability to form vortices.

Fish vs Airplane Wing

Fog (water particle) wind tunnel visualization of a NACA 4412 airfoil at a low speed flow (Re=20.000). The image is released to the public domain courtesy of Smart Blade GmbH (

China clay applied to show air flow pattern over wing. Reverse flow and span-wise flow is visible./GNU UWAL Crew 3.0

Over time, Schauberger’s tuning in to nature’s ways led him to understand levitation forces in water and resulted in unusual machines he built. Some had twisting pipes that had variations of an egg-shaped cross-section. These shapes increased an inward-spiraling flow inside those pipes that compressed and accelerated the fluid in increasingly tight braiding toward the center. Schauberger’s understanding of levitation forces began on a cool moonlit night one spring, early in the years when he hiked alone in the unspoiled forests. As he sat beside a waterfall he noticed a large fish darting back and forth in the river in twisting motions as if building up energy. Suddenly it disappeared up into a huge jet of falling water. He caught a fleeting glimpse of it spinning wildly under a cone of water and then floating upward until it tumbled over a curve at the top of the waterfall. Schauberger realized that even while gravity’s pull on water creates a visible downstream flow, invisible levitation currents are going in the opposite direction in a river in its natural state. His developing understanding of temperature combined with his study of the vortex; he knew that water has its most potent energetic structure in cool and dark conditions. To imagine an “antigravity force”—how a flow of energy could pull anything upstream against the weight of gravity—picture the tunnel in the middle of a vortex swirling down a drain. With increasing suction it drags things downward into the gurgling drain. Schauberger suggested imagining such a whirlpool turned upside down. A trout would appear to be floating upward in along the axis of vortex spin. Schauberger said that with the right lighting it is possible to see the path of what he called levitation currents—as a tube within the misty veil of a waterfall.

Implosion generators Schauberger quit his job as royal forester when his employers began to log the forest greedily instead of selectively, and he regretted having built an innovative flume. But his firsthand observations of processes in unspoiled nature led to an understanding of principles he used later in his “biotechnical machines” ranging from a copper plow for agriculture to an implosion generator for powering a house. Continuing to experiment, he built unorthodox water pipes. Because the water spiraled inwardly toward the center and pulled away from the pipe walls instead of pushing against them, water could move faster and with less friction through his pipes. This means that a new “free energy” science is possible. No energy had to be added to the system inside Schauberger’s unique twisted pipes, yet water was sucked forward with increasing speed in a seemingly frictionless flow. He based his energy inventions on suction instead of pressure, implosion instead of explosion, compression instead of expansion.

Antigravity accident One of the most dramatic moments in Schauberger’s research occurred when an associate disobeyed him and made an unauthorized test run on a machine in his absence. In the circular model, as usual Schauberger had imitated nature’s spiraling forms. In this case the gaps between the turbine and base-plate were whorls, mimicking the corkscrew shaped antler of a certain deer species. After it spun up to 20,000 revolutions per minute, the machine called a Repulsator ran itself without the starter motor. Schauberger’s 1941 letters to contractors indicated he built the prototype: (1) to validate his theories of levitational flight and (2) to investigate production of “free energy.” Apparently his associate was too eager to make the test run, and started it up while it was tied down in a hangar. The machine developed so much lift that it broke the cables anchoring it to the floor, shot up against the roof of the hangar and was destroyed in the collision.

Life Story Viktor Schauberger’s life story is dramatic material. Aerospace journalist Nick Cook wrote a gripping account of the politics surrounding Schauberger’s levitation experiments. Schauberger’s other biographers cover an attempt on Schauberger’s life and the later era when Hitler forced him to head a team of imprisoned engineers. That antigravity project extended until the end of World War II. In 1958, when he was seventy-three years old, two Americans persuaded Viktor and his son Walter to go to the United States. The Nazis had forced Viktor to work on his energygenerating device in a prison camp—or else say goodbye forever to his family. Now a consortium was promising to manufacture his beneficial energy devices. It was something that he had always wanted. That visit to America turned out to be an ordeal in a sweltering Texas summer. An atomic energy expert came down from New York, met for three days with the Schaubergers, and reportedly wrote in a document viewed by them that Viktor was likely correct in his projection that his biotechnical innovations were the path of the future. But the Schaubergers’ hosts soon revealed their insincerity; they were not in any hurry to develop his generator. In order to be returned home, Viktor had signed a contract during his stay in the United States that forbade him to ever write about or even talk about his past or future discoveries. The consortium now owned all the rights to his implosion-generator secrets. When father and son stepped on an airplane to go back to Austria that fall, Viktor was broken in spirit and Walter was filled with bitterness toward the United States that lasted throughout his life. On the way home, Viktor cried repeatedly, “They took everything from me, everything. I don’t even own myself.” Five days after they returned home, he died, heartbroken. Instead of being rewarded for his work,Viktor Schauberger’s life ended in despair.

Copy Nature Schauberger warned that society’s fire-technology (exploding the atom for power, and motors that operate by burning and explosions of fuel) is a destructive path. Explosion-based technologies create heat, friction, noise and wastes. Burning Earth’s oil reserves, destroying wild rivers with hydroelectric mega projects and splitting atoms in nuclear reactors also bequeaths havoc to the next generations. Nature does have a breakdown cycle that involves heat and decay—fire and composting—but nature uses the opposite principles for enhancing life and rebuilding. Schauberger showed how to switch technologically from using explosive to nature’s implosive—inward-spiraling—motions. His suction-turbine for instance used a rediscovered ancient principle. “Understand nature’s ways,” he said. Implosion-based or vortex technologies work silently in comparison to today’s technologies. Instead of heating, they more often cool materials, and, if water is part of the energy-converting system, some inventions even vitalize the water. Schauberger’s specific inventions have proven to be more difficult to reproduce than other variations of new energy systems. However, his philosophy of working with nature instead of against nature underlies the efforts of many of the inventors you will meet on the science frontier. His understanding of the processes of temperature change and the two types of electromagnetism found in nature, ordinary and diamagnetism, were crucial to many of the technological improvements he discovered.⁵⁸ With ecosystems degenerating on Earth today, we believe the human family needs to learn from Viktor Schauberger how to restore water to its natural life-force functions. In the opinion of his followers, dam-building must stop because it obstructs the formation of complex vortexian patterns found in the swirling flow of natural rivers, impedes fish migration, damages the quality of water and leads to widespread degeneration in surrounding ecosystems. Wherever new hydroelectric dams will be built and old ones remain intact, ecosystem damage can be minimized by using Schauberger’s breakthrough turbine. He built and patented⁵⁹ a small turbine that used vitalizing centripetal (inward-spiraling) motion instead of conventional centrifugal motion. It needed only ten per cent of the volume of water that a conventional turbine would need to generate an equal amount of electricity.

Carrying the torch Schauberger’s gentler, centripetal-flow, turbine design could be widely employed today if hydrologists and other decision-makers were aware of its value, but his more advanced energy converters seem to require a research and development task force. New energy researchers are cooperating internationally in building prototypes of his “free energy” designs, but find it a difficult challenge to get implosion motors to work as well as had the original models. In Canada, the late William Baumgartner worked with “applied vortex mechanics” for thirty years. He taught workshops about the creative processes of nature and the universal background mechanics of nature—the transparent universe. He said, “There actually is an invisible universe, and it’s in charge of the visible universe. We can learn how Nature manifests its creations by understanding the background space geometry. Once you recognize Nature’s thinking, you can imitate it in detail. This is how we become co-creators—learn what is behind the known electromagnetic universe.”

“Every living creature, every physical form in the act of bringing forth its visible form out of its archetype idea, passes through the swirling vortex motion in order to manifest. How could we have missed this universal machine?" Russian scientists did not miss the chance to use the energy-concentrating power of vortices in water. Teams in or from the former Soviet Union are doing advanced research. Breakthrough Power co-author Jeane Manning met physicist Vladimir Vystoskii, from Kiev National Shevchenko University, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. He expressed pride in working on technology that mimics nature’s way for amplifying energy by way of vortices in fast-flowing fluids. He had worked with the late Alexander Ivanovitch Koldamasov, who first did the experiments using water as the fluid. In an interview with Steven Krivit, Koldamasov said he had put one kilowatt of power into the system and got twenty kilowatts out. Vystoskii declined to reveal how close his team may be to presenting a commercial energygenerating device. “Why have we ignored the vortex, the workhorse of the universe?” William Baumgartner, vortex researcher

Man at the Crossroads

Mexico City. Palacio de Bellas Artes: Mural "El Hombre en la encrucijada" ( 1934 ) by Diego Rivera GNU 1.2/3.0 Author Wolfgang Sauber

An American private research effort in Nevada focuses on vortex power concentrating energy in air. Again, problems with financing have stopped the work for years at a time. Their air turbine engine was originally built in the 1960s by Haskell Karl. Aerospace machinist Ron Rockwell redesigned it in recent years. A paper titled “Aerodynamic Air Turbine Engine – Vortex Implosion Technology” has the tag line “There are no compressed air tanks that run the engine.” It runs on the ordinary air surrounding it. A battery and starter set it in motion, then no fuel other than the energized air is used. Excerpted from the book Breakthrough Power, 2011 edition. by Jeane Manning

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