Protect Infrastructure

Preserve Coastlines

Boost fish stocks

9-Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11-Sustainable Cities 13-Climate Action 14-Life Below Water

With more than 70% of global coastlines now experiencing increased erosion, the solution we adopt must be long-term, sustainable, and work in harmony with nature. The CCell Reef is a nature-based solution that harnesses natural minerals found in seawater to mimic the wave attenuation of real coral reefs.

Local governments are seeing critical infrastructure being threatened by retreating coastlines and the increased severity and frequency of storms and flooding. Erosion of wide, sandy beaches is reducing their appeal to tourists, and the loss of coral reefs threatens the livelihoods of fishing communities and the health of our oceans.

CCell understands the great risks of coastal erosion, and will work together with governments to take urgent action and protect both vulnerable communities and ecosystems.

The Natural Solution

The CCell Reef is an ecological investment that supports the long-term health of our seas.

Our goal is to create a vibrant ecosystem where plants, corals, and technology work in harmony. Not only will this help the reef to thrive, but it can also support the stabilisation of sands (e.g. with sea-grass) and clean coastal waters.

The controls embedded across the reefs allow its growth to be managed over time and damaged sections to be healed. Meanwhile, hi-tech sensors allow the marine environment to be measured at unprecedented levels. This new data will support wider marine research and provide new insights into the marine ecology.

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We believe that smart design goes beyond technical considerations.

Engagement with local communities is central to each installation we undertake.

Local voices are key in defining the secondary function of a reef, be it the attraction of tourists, protection of wildlife or boosting of fishing. Furthermore, local knowledge can provide valuable insight into past conditions and natural seasonal variability.

Juan with fishing community

Underwater Tourism is now a multi-billion-dollar industry, revitalising coastal communities and invigorating local economies.

Cell reefs attract visitors to an area with the promise of an accessible, thriving marine ecosystem. Hotels, restaurants and local businesses can all benefit from the resulting increase in tourism.

Acting as a protected nursery for young fish, our reefs help increase biodiversity within the surrounding environment. This can provide a financial benefit to local fishing communities, helping to overcome losses due to past overfishing and coral reef decay.

As the shape and layout of the reefs can be customised, each site can become a unique and exciting experience for divers and snorkellers and the perfect habitat for marine organisms.

Scuba diver next to reef
Dive tourism is estimated to be worth over US$20 billion while coral reef tourism generates an estimated US$35 billion every year. Worldwide, there are an estimated 68.5 million trips each year attributed to coral reef tourism.

CCell Reefs are the perfect centrepiece for new or existing marine protected areas.

Coral growth on CCell Reefs is faster and more resilient, providing a strong base for spores to spread throughout the region.

The complexity and porosity of the reefs provide shelter to a wide range of marine organisms. Like natural coral reefs they can become nurseries for young fish, boosting numbers across a wide area.

The monitoring capability of CCell Reefs offers access to unprecedented levels of data. Parameters such as ocean conditions, coral growth and fish stocks can be tracked continuously and remotely. This enhances the ability of scientists and conservationists to monitor and protect a site.

Waves breaking over reefs
A Global Problem

Changing Wave Climate

Research by the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, estimate that climate change has caused the global mean wave energy to increase by 0.41% per year.

This unprecedented change in the ocean waves has dramatic implications for the coastal environment and is the principal cause of increased erosion. Variations across the globe mean many tropical regions are seeing year-on-year increases between 1 to 2%.

Through advanced simulation and design, the CCell Reefs are engineered to absorb the increased wave energy, and retain historic levels of wave activity along coastlines.

Waves breaking over reefs
Average annual change (%) in wave climate since 1985.
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Dr Will Bateman
Dr Will Bateman


Sam Udelman
Sam Udelman

Operations Engineer

Sayali Sakharkar
Sayali Sakharkar

Marine Biologist

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