West Caldwell, NJ, July 13, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- Elemental Innovation, Inc, a leading engineering firm, announced the launch of its latest invention, the HALO™ wave attenuator. The eco-friendly, tunable HALO wave attenuator outperforms static, conventional technologies for less than half the cost. By absorbing rather than deflecting the force of waves, HALO works with nature to dissipate waves, prevent sand erosion, and promote sand accretion. HALO utilizes structural interference, buoyancy, and wave absorption to diminish wave force and protect coastlines.
"Conventional coastal protection systems just don’t work. Breakwaters, groins, and jetties are immovable structures that cannot be tuned to the varying wave conditions along a coast. HALO has modular, tunable panels that can be customized and rapidly deployed to dissipate any wave and restore a beach or harbor,” notes Justin Bishop, President of Elemental Innovation, Inc.
“After Hurricane Isabel hit the Eastern United States recently, many beach communities were devastated by the destructive effects of beach erosion. Taxpayers spend millions of dollars maintaining their beaches, and replacing sand only offers temporary relief. Marinas and harbors experience unique problems as well. Older technologies such as static, concrete structures can’t compete with the force of boat wakes and storm waves. The HALO wave attenuator is the only proven option that can provide total coastal protection, while actually replenishing the natural coastline. By utilizing its revolutionary design, the HALO will prevent environmental damage and reduce the yearly maintenance costs of coastal protection,” Mr. Bishop adds.
The patented HALO is a concentration of vertically oriented, linear low density, non-toxic polyethylene panels that are secured to each other by a rubber cable. The panels are connected to form a vertical and horizontal face in a row. Rows of panels are connected by hoop connectors joined in the center of each row. This allows the structure to recoil under extreme wave conditions and then rest. The hoops allow the force exerted upon the HALO to be transferred to the energy absorbing cables and dramatically reduces the stress on the structure. Since the panels of the HALO are tapered, the progress of a wave is slowed and the jets of water dissipate between rows of panels.
Another benefit of the HALO are its anchors which can be driven into any soil type, allowing for tremendous flexibility in system placement and quick deployment.
The HALO wave attenuator is the latest invention by Justin Bishop. Mr. Bishop is the inventor and original patent owner of the WhisprWave® wave attenuator, which has been successfully deployed for four years and can now be seen in the Thames river in Connecticut. While the WhisprWave can reduce a 5 second wave by up to 40% in height, tremendous improvements can be found in the HALO, which can reduce a wave’s height by twice as much. In fact, the HALO is the only modular composite attenuator capable of reducing a 5 second wave by an unprecedented 80% in height.
Extensive test studies have been conducted on the HALO at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
About Elemental Innovation, Inc.
A leading engineering firm, Elemental Innovation, Inc. provides proven coastal protection through the eco-friendly, tunable HALO wave attenuator. For less than half the cost, the HALO wave attenuator out performs conventional technologies. By absorbing rather than deflecting the force of waves, HALO eliminates 80% of a wave’s height to protect beaches and harbors. Before founding Elemental Innovation in 2000, Justin Bishop designed and patented the WhisprWaveTM wave attenuator. After selling the WhisprWave business, he then developed more advanced technology and designed the HALO.