Mission statement

To restore eroding shorelines around the world using a natural, sustainable method,
so future generations can know and enjoy the beauty of sandy beaches.

Company History

ReShore Technologies is headquartered in southern Taiwan. We are a tropical island frequented by very aggressive typhoons every year; both the west and east coasts are battling severe erosion.

Founded by Dr. Ta-Hsiung Peng in 2000, ReShore Technologies has completed two successful demonstration projects to date, restoring sand depth and width in a matter of months for two beaches with very different geographical conditions.

Leadership Team

Dr. Ta-Hsiung Peng

Founder, Managing Director

Dr.Ta-Hsiung Peng holds a Ph.D. in Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering from NCKU, which is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia. He has 15 years of experience in coastal engineering projects, including bridge pier protection and typhoon mudslide defense. Partnering with the National Science Council in Taiwan, and the Kinmen County government, Dr. Peng designed the Derosion Lattice, and completed two very successful projects for restoring eroding shorelines. He aspires to share his innovative technology with the world. In his spare time, Dr. Peng loves open water swimming, and practices Tai Chi regularly.

Susan Chen

Business Development Director

Susan holds an MBA from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. She is responsible for spearheading pilot projects in the US and Canada, and navigating regulatory guidelines. Being fully bilingual in English and Mandarin, she ensures seamless intercultural communication and global operations. Susan is passionate about saving the environment, and loves spending time outdoors – especially playing beach volleyball and snowboarding.

Dr. Deh-Shiu Hsu

Civil Engineer

Dr. Hsu completed his Ph.D. and Masters of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, and is currently a professor at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. He is an important team member working on optimizing the durability and effectiveness of the Derosion Lattice. Dr. Hsu’s expertise is in Structural Reliability Analysis, Structural Safety Assessment, Neural Net Optimization, Earthquake Engineering, and Structural Seismic Engineering. One notable achievement is his development of a seismic damper, which has been applied on buildings as a safety measure against earthquakes. He is a gifted singer and a trained violinist.

Evan Peng

Structural Engineer

Evan holds a Master of Architecture and a Civil Engineering degree from the National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan. He contributed in designing and optimizing the Derosion Lattice, and is in charge of cross structural engineers and associates at ReShore Technologies. Evan’s expertise is in detailed structural design, retrofit, and conservation of historic buildings. He is also skilled in classical ballet.

Sithhath Abdulla

Representative, Maldives

Sithhath is ReShore Technologies’ representative for the Maldives region, responsible for coordinating the current coastal protection project for Vaavu Thinadhoo Island. His experience includes in leading and monitoring government construction projects, as well as United Nation funded sustainability projects. He also has professional knowledge in conducting international trade in the Maldives.

Support Research Team

Dr. Chyan-Deng Jan

  • Dr. Jan holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley, and has been a professor of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering at the NCKU for the past 27 years. He is also the Director of the Ecological Soil & Water Conservation Research Center at the university.
  • He has served as the Department Chairman, the Director of the Disaster Prevention Research Center, and Vice President of General Affairs at NCKU, as well as the President of the Taiwan Disaster Prevention Society.
  • His research spans across coastal engineering, hydraulic engineering, soil & water conservation engineering, debris flow, and landslides.
  • Dr. Jan has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and also authored several books about open channel flow, debris flow, and sediment transport mechanics.
  • In 2012, he was awarded with a Third Merit Medal by the Taiwan government for his contribution in debris-flow hazard mitigation. He won the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2002, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Taiwan Ocean University in 2007. He is a Fellow member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Fellow member of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI).

Dr. Ray-Yeng Yang

  • Dr. Ray-Yeng Yang holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering from the National Taiwan University.
  • He completed his Bachelors of Power Mechanical Engineering at the National Tsinghua University.
  • Dr. Yang is now an Associate Professor of the Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering Department at NCKU, while also acting as the Executive Director of Taiwan Society of Ocean Engineering, and Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Ocean & Underwater Technology Association. His expertise is in coastal) engineering, ocean environment science (internal wave & Langmuir circulation), hydrodynamic stability (double diffusion, finger convection), offshore structure (offshore wind turbine & marine aquaculture cage net), and physical modeling simulation.
  • To date, Dr. Yang has published more than 240 papers, two book chapters and 86 technical research reports. In the last 5 years, his academic work has been published in internationally renowned, scholarly journals including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Geophysical Research Letter, IJOPE, European Journal of Fluid Mechanics/B Fluid, Acta Astronautica, Ocean and Coastal Management, The Open Ocean Engineering Journal, Journal of Ocean and Coastal Engineering, Physics of Wave Phenomena and Pure and Applied Geophysics.

National Cheng Kung University

ReShore Technologies has collaborated with National Cheng Kung University for many years on a Joint Research Project.

Design and testing of the technology were done in the research lab of the Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering Department at NCKU.

Research Papers

Our research has been published in the Journal of Marine Science and Technology (Taiwan), Volume 23, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 117-126.

An Experimental Field Study Using a Flexible
High-Strength Net Breakwater for Shore Protection

Abstract:

Shorelines are subjected to severe erosion because of the action of perennial waves. Although traditional rigid structures have historically been constructed as coastline protection devices, they do not always work effectively, and certain coastal areas such as Shuang-Chun beach in Tainan, Taiwan, continue to experience serious erosion due to damaged and ineffective structures. The necessity of shore protection has been recognized in recent years, and alternative solutions are being sought. In this paper, we present a high-strength-net device that acts as a flexible breakwater to reduce wave energy, induce sediment deposition, and offer a more economic and innovative method for coastline protection. The device is composed of concrete posts, high-strength nets, and triangular gabions filled with stones and covered with recycled vehicle tires. Three high-strength-net breakwaters have been installed at Shuang-Chun beach since 2009 as an experimental field study to investigate both the effect of sediment deposition and the stability of the proposed breakwaters. Results show that these devices have the strength and stability to withstand the impact of severe wave action, and that they act effectively as sediment retainers, thereby preventing coastal erosion. © 2015, National Taiwan Ocean University. All rights reserved.

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