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Some of the most exciting innovations in recent years have occurred within the construction industry. This is good news for all concerned as construction has been criticized for being a major contributor to carbon emissions production. New materials and methods have been introduced, which are gradually transforming the industry landscape. A groundbreaking type of concrete saw its inventors entered as finalists in the European Inventor Awards earlier this year.
ECOncrete is a product designed to be used underwater, as building material for sea walls etc. It is described as ‘concrete technology to encourage marine biodiversity’, and has been installed in over 40 locations within 10 countries. It is present in countries like Spain, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, San Diego and New York. The underwater concrete market globally has a value of around EUR 320 Billion , with an estimated growth of over 10.8% per year up until 2030.
A spokesman for ECOncrete said interest in the new material: “Reflects its revolutionary properties among a mission-critical net zero market. Importantly, it also evidences growing global awareness about subsea innovations capable of protecting our oceanic ecosystems through nature inspired, biomimicry design”. Ido Sella, CEO for ECOncrete said: “Think about barnacles, oysters and corals that create their skeleton from taking calcium ions from the water and using dissolved CO2 to create calcium carbonate for their shells. “When these sessile organisms settle on the concrete and encapsulate it with calcium carbonate they actually make it stronger. It was found that concrete covered by oysters can be 10 times stronger in terms of tensile strength than bare concrete.”
Marine construction is an expanding sector, ECOncrete has the possibility to make a major impact on the industry’s global environmental footprint.