Wave-tank testing of CCell Hyperboloid Reef

Hyperboloid Reefs


Hyperboloid Reefs

Rooted in Nature for Long-Term Impact

CCell hyperboloid reefs embody a superior strength-to-weight ratio and intricate internal complexity, providing a dual function of coastal protection and habitat creation.

The reef modules are excellent at attenuating waves through wave breaking and internal turbulence, effectively reducing erosion during severe storms and hurricanes. Their adjustable height, profile, and locally adaptable materials underscore their compatibility with diverse conditions.

Drawing inspiration from nature and empowered by the growth of bivalves and corals, our hyperboloid reefs are a regenerative alternative to conventional coastal protection approaches.

Hyperboloid Reef with bamboo and biocomposites
CCell's hyperboloid biocomposites reef module.
  • Coastal protection
  • Sediment recovery
  • Sediment stabalisation
  • Extreme weather disturbance mitigation
  • Habitat restoration
  • Supporting piers and jetties
  • Nearshore research hub
  • Marine data collection
Hyperboloid Reef with rock layer
CCell's Hyperboloid reef module.
Rock grown around steel rebar.
Rock layer grown using MAT.
Key Features

Material Versitility

Our hyperboloid reef modules showcase exceptional material versatility, and can be manufactured from various combinations, or exclusively composed, of the following main materials, tailored specifically for local environmental conditions:

Extreme Waves and Weather
  • Eco-concrete
  • Stainless Steel
  • Recycled Galvanised Steel
Moderate and Mild Weather
  • Biocomposites
  • Bamboo
  • Coconut coir

Optimised Design

At the heart of our designs are principles emphasising efficient material usage and longevity, aligned with a circular economy perspective. Our manufacturing and installation processes highlight our dedication to ethical practices and swift implementation.

Modular Units
  • Flat-packed delivery
  • Interlocking bars and frame rings
  • Non-disruptive, rapid on-site assembly
Optional MAT
  • Artificial and natural reef integration
  • Increased wave attenuation
  • Marine habitat enhancement

Data Compatibility

Opting for mineral accretion technology enables us to electrify the reef units - this can be on a short or longer term basis. In turn, this facilitates extensive marine data collection and remote monitoring capabilities.

Plug-n-Play Sensors
  • Waves and currents alerts
  • Video and infrared cameras
  • Abiotic Data (temperature, pH, etc)
Research Potential
  • Marine Bioacoustics
  • Enhancing Reef Ecology
  • Pollutant and chemical detection
Property Units HBC HBS6 HBS4 HBA4 HBA2 HBB
Water Depth* m 8 6 4 4 2 2
Unit Height** m 7.5 5.5 3.5 3.5 1.5 1.5
Unit Width m 12.5 9.1 5.8 8.3 5.3 2.2
Initial Unit Weight t 67.6 36 14 1.6 0.3 0.1
Main Material - Eco-concrete Steel Steel Steel Steel Bio-composites
Optional MAT - Yes - on any steel components Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illustration -
Ideal in / for *** - Intense wave and hurricane climates Intense wave and storm climates Moderate wave and weather Mild wave and weather Mild wave and weather Mild climates and a bio-based design focus
*Recommended freeboard ranges from -0.5m (below the surface) to 1m (protrusion above water line) according to environmental suitability.
**Height, width and weight values are theoretical estimates and may need to change to adapt to local material stock and quality.
***Ask a CCell representative for detailed information regarding ideal conditions and uses.

Boiler Reefs

In the natural world, 'boiler' formations, prominently observed in Bermuda's holocene algal cup reefs, display hyperbolic shapes with diameters ranging from 1 to 2 meters.

Inspired by these natural structues, CCell hyperboloid reef structures are a harmonious fusion of sustainable engineering design and the ingenious principles found in healthy coastal ecosystems.

Much like CCell reefs, these microatolls gain strength through the settlement of biogenic materials and serve as habitats for a diverse range of marine life.

Boiler reefs in Bermuda. Photo by: Roy Burch
Boiler reefs in Bermuda. Photo by: Roy Burch
Ariel view of CCell Reefs at Telchac
Microatolls breaking waves in Tonga.
More Information

Hyperboloid Reefs - Product Sheet

Why Hyperboloid Reefs?

Case Study - CCell Reef at Telchac Puerto, Yucatan, Mexico

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