With climate change, storms are becoming more frequent and ferocious, leading to the accelerated erosion of coastlines. This leaves many coastal communities and low lying areas increasingly vulnerable to flooding and property damage.
Existing methods for protecting coastlines, including seawalls, revetments, and dykes, are expensive, use a lot of concrete and rarely look good. By contrast, coral reefs are a natural and sustainable solution, which are known to reduce wave heights by 84% on average.
The accelerated growth of reefs using electrolytic technology powered by CCell technologies, provides long-term coastal protection and enhances marine habitats.
Coral reefs contribute an estimated £108 billion per year to the global economy and provide a habitat for 25% of all known marine species.
Unfortunately, the world has lost over half of all its coral reefs, with the World Resources Institute (WRI) estimating that 75% of the those remaining are under threat.
Climate change is increasing the stress on corals, with rising water temperatures and acidity leading to coral bleaching and ultimately to their death.
A system originally developed by BioRock is a proven technique for both repairing existing corals and building new reefs. The technology uses a small electrical current to extract minerals (mostly calcium carbonate) within the sea water to form rock around a steel wire frames placed on the seabed.
The CCell solution helps maintain beautiful beaches and creates new and exciting dive sites.
The customisable reefs, create an added revenue stream for hotels by providing accessible dive/ snorkeling sites near their property. They also promote ecotourism, helping hotel chains deliver on their corporate and social responsibilities.
By protecting beaches and providing beautiful dive sites, CCell can help boost occupancy in hotels and create new opportunities for the growing the dive tourism industry.