Engineered Living Marine Cement (ELMc)
bioMASON®, with support from the United States Department of Defense, has developed a prototype Engineered Living Marine Cement (ELMc) technology. In concept, the ELMc prototype is a deployable biocement™ material that is seeded with a proprietary consortia of self-sustaining natural marine microorganisms that source required nutrients and biocementation substrates from seawater for propagative calcium carbonate precipitation, resulting in sustained structural integrity, self-healing ability, and promotion of anchoring to the marine sediment floor. Potential applications include: supportive marine infrastructure, breakwater assemblies (see above), and near-shore sediment stabilization.
Over 3 years of laboratory development and successful proof-of-concept trials have led to the initiation of on-going large-scale field evaluations utilizing native seawater in natural complex marine environments.
Early prototype demonstrations executed in coordination with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) have yielded confirmation of the proof-of-concept.