ECOncrete developed a revolutionary science-based approach to eco-engineering of coastal and marine infrastructure, providing robust, cost-efficient concrete solutions for the ever-growing global climate change threats such as sea-level rise and superstorms. ECOncrete mission is to change the way our future coastlines look and function, through a suite of proprietary bio-enhancing concrete products and designs that increase the ecological value of breakwaters, seawalls, pier piles and alike, while improving their structural performance.
The Problem: To date, urban, coastal, and marine infrastructure have been designed and built with little or no environmental considerations leading to a high ecological footprint of structures like ports, marinas, waterfronts and coastal defense schemes. Current “gray” designs lead to poor biological performance associated with mitigation penalties, environmental problems as well as operational and financial burdens.
The Solution: ECOncrete technologies provide a win-win solution that reduces the ecological footprint, reduces mitigation requirements, facilitates permitting, and reduces maintenance costs through Bioprotection generated by healthy and diverse flora and fauna. ECOncrete provides robust, cost-effective construction solutions that are designed to decrease the ecological footprint of concrete structures like ports, breakwaters, piers, and building facades while contributing to their longevity.
The Technology: ECOncrete’s innovative concrete elements incorporate three levels of innovation: 1) Concrete composition – innovative concrete matrices designed to provide desired biological parameters. 2) Surface texture – advanced casting technologies and form-liner design to create surface textures that mimic natural features (rock/coral) and enhance biological recruitment by modifying small-scale hydrodynamics. 3) Macro-design – specific designs that target and match biological needs (e.g., nursing grounds, enhancing endangered species, changing the ratio between invasive and native species).
Company Size: 8
CEO: Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, PhD
Quote from CEO: “ECOncrete is excited to work with FIBA on business development, networking, and market penetration in Florida. We hope to advance our business model with respect to product licensing models, establish contacts with various client segments, as well as with potential licensees.”
FIBA Launch participant: Andrew Rella PhD, CEO, Econcrete Inc. (US subsidiary)
Quote from Rachel Feinman: “We believe that ECOncrete is a perfect fit for the Florida market and that there is great momentum to introduce their solution to local government and local builders who are looking for solutions to mitigate storm surge and sea level rising.”