The application of Ecogen Technology in the field of cultural heritage and fine arts is the result of more than 50 years of professional experience in the sector of Controlled Atmosphere.
Controlled Atmosphere is based on the control and the regulation of atmospherical parameteres within an airtight environment.
If applied to the sector of cultural heritage, this method allows extremely efficient but at the same time evironmental friendly and non-invasive disinfestation/decontamination treatments. Special plants are able to reduce the percentage of oxigen causing the death of any type of infesting agent in each of it's development stage: egg, larva, pupe, adult. This method also allows the perfect preservation of objects with a high historic and artistic value.
Our scientific research.
Ecogen - cultural heritage - uses Isolcell Italia S.p.a.'s internal research facility, which, in 1999, has been officially recognized as Research Laboratory by the Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research.
A team of highly qualified scientist and engineers improve and upgrade our technologies by studying their application results.
Controlled atmosphere and application fields
The possibility to apply Controlled Atmosphere to the sector of cultural heritage has been discovered while researchers have been looking for alternative disinfestation methods to the use of toxic gasses. These in fact have dangerous side-effects: they are harmful to human's health, they pollute the environment, leave persistent toxic residues on treated objects and destroy the ozone layer.
Their use also requires complex equipments and special authorizations from authorities. In some cases they can alter the treated item as well.
The Ecogen methodology instead, is safe, efficient, evironmentally friendly and easy to use.
The application of this kind of technology has afterwards been extended to the preservation of finds in a protective atmosphere. Today, Controlled Atmosphere represents an innovative solution for the decontamination and the following preservation of wooden, paper or fabric objects.