TECHNOLOGY:  

Biodegradable Concrete

AFFILIATION:   Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Structural & Multifunctional Materials
Tech Readiness: TRL 4

Tech Brief: We have developed biodegradable concrete as a material to grow marine life, with an emphasis on oysters. Oysters can have a dramatic impact on engineering parameters such as shoreline erosion, water quality and developing new ecosystems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFT4NClj01w provides an overview.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The Army Corp of Engineers has released a master plan related to oyster restoration: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/Oyster-Restoration/Oyster-Master-Plan/ We believe our product fits perfectly with this plan on an economical level and as an innovative green technology. We also believe this is a potentially good-will material where various types of reefs, from coral to aquaculture, can be deployed in poorer countries to increase fish stocks, tourism, etc.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Website: http://www.valdosta.edu