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3D Printing of coastal protection Reefs

The Albanian coastline has been declining in recent years due to coastal erosion and uncontrolled...

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Mature trees will not only bring shadow but evaporation which will reduce temperature and improve comfort during summer. The successful settlement of fresh-planted trees is directly related with regular access to sufficient amounts of water. Pavements, utility lines, sewerage systems have a negative impact. Climate change becomes visible in extreme weather conditions; heavy showers, dog days, drought periods… Even full-grown mature trees more often fail to overcome these shocks.

Developed by Jan Lauwers & partners

Pre-fabricated plant pit realised with 4 hollow concrete curbstones, which can buffer net 200 litres of water (more than 800 litres in combination with good topsoil). This water will be slowly released around the rootball and into the surrounding soil. Unique design of the curbstone permits and encourage the roots to develop outside the plant pit. The plant pit will support rootball and tree, and provide oxygen to the roots.

TRL2. Applied research: Technology concept and/or application formulated
Invention begins. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. Applications are speculative, and there may be no proof or detailed analysis to support the assumptions. Examples are limited to analytic studies. Moulds are under construction in order to produce parts which can be used for further tests in different conditions.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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Water provided either by tanker, roofdrain, rainbuffer or wadi will be led to thollow chambers in the plant pit construction. There it will be slowly released to the rootball area and the surrounding zone. The self-supporting structure can also beiing used to anchor rootball and trunk. The design of the plant pit allows and encourages roots to expand from the plant pit to the surrounding area. Small tubes will bring oxygen to the rootzone boosting soil life and stimulating root development.

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None so far

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The innovation should not only be the element in itself. The way to put it in the market, the synergy with other applications in rainwater management should be part. There should be also added value in the production process. Not only cradle to cradle principles, it’s the solid intention to develop a mould system that can easily travel so long hauls of heavy transport will be minimized.

 

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