Jan 23, 2012
Penny

Corals will be saved thanks to energy-based systems

Fishing with cyanide and dynamite, and increasing water temperatures have decimated coral in Bali. Fortunately, a diver, inspired by the work of a German scientist of organic architecture, created a project which is now used worldwide to save the corals.

Based on technology “Biorock” which allows corals to recover, the project is now implemented in 20 countries in Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific.

The project was launched in 2000, in waters near the village of Pemuteran, on the north coast of Bali island. Then, a metal frame named “crab” was covered with coral and bright giants, including hundreds of fish and found shelter.

Rani Morrow-Wuigk a coral diving that natural degradation observed during the 90 ‘, was advised by marine scientist and architect Wolf Hilbertz use his invention to enable ecosystem restoration.

Hilbertz’s project involved the construction of marine metal scaffolding, connected to low voltage electric current. Thus, electrolysis of seawater caused an accumulation of lime, and tests showed that, in most cases, corals grow 2 to 6 times faster than normal, allowing recovery of a reef in just a few years.

Thus, Rani decided to use project proposed by German scientist. She decided to build 22 structures, using their own money and funding provided by the Taman Sari, a holiday resort that support reef recovery.

Today there are about 60 such structures in Pemuteran Bay, an area of ​​2 hectares, and the reef was not only saved, but he is more vibrant than ever.

Technology not only saves Biorock corals, but it makes it more resistant to global warming and the phenomenon of fading. Thanks to this technique, the survival rate of corals increased from 16% to 50%.

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