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They invent an ecological concrete that captures CO2 and enhances biodiversity

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Biologists Ido Sella and Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, promoters of an ecological concrete that enhances biodiversity that has been applied in Spanish ports such as those of Malaga, Vigo (Pontevedra) or Cala Rajada (Mallorca) as well as to protect the submarine cable between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, they have been selected as finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022, awarded by the European Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition, Time magazine recognized this development in 2019, ECOncrete as one of the best inventions and actually, It has already been installed in more than 40 locations in a dozen countries. The winners of the international award will be announced at a virtual European Inventor Award ceremony on June 21.

Sella is a biologist with more than 20 years of experience in biodiversity, ecological engineering and environmentally friendly coastal and marine infrastructure designs. In 2012, together with the recently deceased Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, he promoted ECOncrete, a bioenhancing concrete for marine biodiversity.

The material arises from altering the traditional composition of concrete and from a design that imitates naturewith which it is possible to encourage local organizations to settle on the surface of the infrastructures that use it (ports, docks, protection of submarine cables, wind turbine bases, etc.), reinforcing and protecting them with a lower maintenance cost .

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In addition, parts manufactured with ECOncrete technology They form, thanks to their biological recruitment, active carbon sinks that absorb CO2 during the 50 or 100 years of life of the infrastructurewhich makes it an essential tool in the fight against climate change.

In Malaga ECOncrete was applied to install a large vertical breakwater designed to protect the vessels of the new mega yacht marine terminal and promote the settlement of local marine fauna in its surroundings. It has also been included in Cala Rajada (Majorca) to reinforce the outer breakwater of its marina, which suffered damage due to the storm ‘Gloria’. This was the first time in Spain that a bidding document for a work in a marine infrastructure required compensatory measures such as the use of ecological concrete.

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For its part, Vigo is another of the cities that has this material promoted by this Doctor in biology, based in Tel Aviv, Israel. In this case, it will be as part of the Living Ports project, through the installation of more than 300 m2 of panels on the dock to facilitate the colonization of fauna and flora in the area.

The project includes the design and installation of an underwater viewfinder that can be visited to facilitate the observation and dissemination of marine biodiversity among citizens. In addition, 100 ecologically designed intertidal pieces will be placed that will provide improved coastal stabilization by creating new habitats and ecological niches.

On the other hand, in Fuerteventura It is being applied to protect the submarine electrical cables with Lanzarote, a work that will be completed this year.

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