About The Project

DEPLOYING NEXT GENERATION PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

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LIVING PORTS is a collaboration of four partners led by ECOncrete® Tech to showcase an industry level ecological alternative to traditional concrete infrastructure.

The installation will span two sites at the port of Vigo, and will include ECOncrete’s concrete technology in a 330m² sea wall, 100 coastal armor units and five bio-enhanced moorings.​

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  • The Port of Vigo will provide the space for the project and on site support.

  • Cardama Shipyards will create a first of its kind viewing deck to showcase the technology to the public.

  • The Technical University of Denmark will conduct a biological review of the process.

Also, for the first time, ECOncrete’s impact on sound reduction will be assessed.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

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Strong Port Solutions

ECOncrete increases concrete’s compressive strength by 5% and chloride resistance by 10%, improving durability and longevity

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Solutions adoption and engagement

The installations are expected to raise awareness of global ports and local communities with the goal of including ecological infrastructure as in marine construction best practices

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Efficient Port Solutions 

LIVING PORTS has the potential to save future marine developments a lot of money, from reduced environmental mitigation costs (18,750€ per hectare) to less frequent maintenance.

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Industry and Community Engagement 

Raise awareness of global ports and local communities by promoting the project on social media and beyond.

TECHNOLOGIES

Incorporating Ecology into Engineering

Modelled after nature, ECOncrete’s technology enables healthy ecosystems to develop on industry-standard infrastructure. 

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Life-enabling Composition

ECOncrete’s proprietary admix is tailored to encourage the growth of biodiverse marine life and increase infrastructure strength. The admix seals the concrete, encouraging natural marine processes like biocalcification (the growth of animals like barnacles and corals) and photosynthesis.

Habitat-creating Texture

Complex surface textures mimic natural marine surfaces, providing niches for a biodiverse community of ecosystem engineering organisms, like tubeworms or oysters to settle.

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Nature-regenerating Design

The infrastructure is designed to create underwater and intertidal habitat, shelter, and breeding spaces. Each individual structure can be designed to encourage specific organisms, life stages, or endangered species, and reduce the number of invasive species that typically dominate “grey” concrete structures.

This technology will be applied to four infrastructures: a 330m² seawall, 100 units of coastal armor, and moorings for a viewing deck.

330m²

Seawall

100 units

Of coastal armor

5

Bio-enhanced Moorings