Large hurricanes is now a fact of life. Hurricane Sandy affected the barrier islands of Long Island and New Jersey. A lot of sand has been lost and must be reclaimed. The old way is to dump sand over existing sand and is controversial. It’s expensive ($110M for Long Island last year) and has to be done again every few years.
Brimes is working towards a sustainable solution. Although we still need to do more experiments, data shows that large waves cause erosion, and our machines reduce wave height. This reduction is wave height can help rebuild damaged coasts.
Our machine reduces wave height by absorbing excess wave energy and turns that energy into electricity. Depending on the site, electricity production can offset the cost of reclamation and can be a sustainable solution to our coastal erosion problem.