Man walking in water alongside CCell Reef

Coastal Protection


Coastal Protection

Growing Reefs, Protecting Coastlines.

Reefs offer excellent natural protection for coastal communities, diminishing wave heights by an average of 84% and absorbing up to 97% of intense wave energy; effectively mitigating erosion and creating joyous, healthy beaches. [NCOM]

While corals are popularly known as primary reef builders, reef networks can also be established by various marine organisms like bivalves (mussels, oysters, etc.), polychaetes, and other species with calcareous exoskeletons. CCell’s unique hyperboloid reefs thus emulate mother nature's brilliance.

Designed by experts in engineering, electrochemistry, and marine biology, our reefs not only protect beaches, they also enhance marine environments; transforming them into captivating aquatic attractions.

Reef with fish swimming.
CCell Reef with hydroids and fish.
CCell Reef taken to project site.
CCell Reef at Royal Resorts, Cancun, Mexico - June, 2022
  • Sustainable, nature-based erosion prevention
  • Establishment of nearshore "Safe-Zones" for water activities
  • Coastal habitat conservation through passive or active rewilding
  • Mitigation of extreme weather-related coastal disruptions
  • Creation of nearshore snorkeling and diving attractions
  • Support for piers, walkways, or other breakwater structures
  • Development of coral or bivalve nurseries
  • Facilitation of marine data collection
Pink Sponge on CCell Reef.
Pink sponge (Dysidea avara) growing on CCell Reef in Royal Resorts, Cancun, Mexico - November, 2023.
Families on beach
Coastal reef networks play a vital role in keeping beaches healthy.
Key Features

Site Assessment

On-site surveying paired with our in-depth computational modelling service to determine an optimum positioning of the reef for promoting desired effect.

Site Diagostics
  • Geographical surveying
  • Environmental surveying
  • Preliminary site analytics
Detailed Engineering Design
  • Advanced simulations
  • Optimal reef positioning
  • Ideal material selection

Reef Design

Our interlocking reef modules offer incredible strength-to-weight ratios and intricate internal complexity; providing both coastal protection and rewilding.

  • Power electronics
  • Reef modules
  • Anchoring systems
  • Power source setup
  • Reef module assembly
  • Nearshore placement

Marine Monitoring

Our reefs integrate seamlessly with mineral accretion technology (MAT), and our CCell Sense remote monitoring systems optimise electrochemical processes while collecting key nearshore data.

CCell Sense
  • Remotely monitored reef
  • Optional cameras, bioacoustics and other environmental sensors
Impact Reporting
  • Progress analytics
  • On-site monitoring
  • Longitudinal studies
Case Study

Telchac - Mexico

The Telchac Puerto beach has been losing sand for the last decade, with upto 5m lost in one year.

In conjunction with coastal property owners, fishermen and the local town major, CCell installed a reef to mitigate ongoing beach erosion while promoting marine life.

Sand comparison before and after reef implementation.
Sand comparison before (top - March, 2021) and one year after (bottom - August 2022) CCell reef installation in Telchac, Mexico.
Ariel view of CCell Reefs at Telchac
Ariel view of CCell Reef, post-installation at Telchac, Mexico - July, 2021.
More Information

Hyperboloid Reefs - Product Sheet

Case Study - CCell Reef at Telchac Puerto, Yucatan, Mexico

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