Danos has established a center of excellence for resilience technology in Amelia, Louisiana. In partnership with climate technology company Natrx, Inc., Danos is producing high-performance, nature-based modules for coastal protection and restoration projects using a patented, highly specialized 3D printing technology called DryForming.
The first DryFormer system and its components arrived from Natrx in early October, and Danos began producing its first modules just one week later. This new manufacturing capability will produce customized concrete modules called ExoForms (nicknamed “Cajun Coral”) to restore natural habitats along coastal and river waterways.
The 5,000 square foot plant can produce up to 50,000 tons of Natrx’s Cajun Coral, the equivalent of 500,000 tons of heavy aggregate material typically sourced out of state. Located on Bayou Beouf with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, Danos can ship units worldwide.
Currently, Danos is printing Cajun Coral for several resiliency projects, including a project with the Coastal Conservation Association to improve fish habitat and biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the industrial production of Cajun Coral, the facility will also build, test and deploy new, mobile DryForming units to address global resilience challenges.
“The DryFormer solves challenges addressing coastal restoration, pipeline protection and artificial reef construction right here in south Louisiana and around the world,” said Eric Danos, CEO of Danos Ventures. “This process is cost-effective, proven and unlike any other solution in the market.”
“Natrx is grateful to have Danos as a partner, and we’re excited about the launch of our first industrial-scale production facility in Louisiana. Having worked with Danos for years, we couldn’t imagine a better company to entrust our technology with,” said Natrx CEO Leonard Nelson.
The storm-tested Cajun Coral provides maximum protection while supporting the growth of native oyster, coral and fish populations. In addition to manufacturing bioengineered modules, Danos provides a full range of coastal restoration support, including project management and on-site labor.
“Natrx’s technology offers an innovative approach, which is why Danos Ventures is proud to be an investor. We are continuously looking for opportunities to partner with companies in the energy sector aligned with Danos’ capabilities. We encourage those seeking strategic alternatives to reach out to see how we can partner,” said Danos.