Joint Carbon Concrete Composite Project wins the Federal President's Sustainability Award for 2016

On November 30th, 2016, Federal President Joachim Gauck presented this year’s German Sustainability Award, which is bestowed in recognition of technological and innovative achievements, to the three-headed research team from the collaborative project "C³ - Carbon Concrete Composite".

The Dresden-based professors Manfred Curbach, Director of the Institute of Concrete Structures at the Technical University Dresden, Chokri Cherif, Director of the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology, and Peter Offermann, Chairman of the TUDALIT e.V. Association and member of the Advisory Board to the German Center for Concrete Textiles, received 250,000 Euros for the development of the innovative composite material carbon concrete.

Whether used for new buildings or in the repair of older buildings - this building material can be increasingly incorporated in the future. The processed carbon fibers possess a higher stability than steel, while at the same time offering more flexible formability and thus allowing for the manufacture of more filigree building components. This has a positive effect on energy and raw material requirements and can significantly reduce CO2 emissions. In the case of new buildings, it is also possible to save on manufacturing, transport and assembly costs due to the lower material requirements.

Scientists from Fraunhofer IMW are also participating in the multi-award-winning research project. The Leipzig Fraunhofer team, led by Dr. Marija Radić and Dr. Nizar Abdelkafi, have been working since June, 2014 in joint collaboration with some 140 nationwide partners from industry, science and associations to determine possible applications and potentials for the newly developed building material. In a comprehensive market study for construction and associated industries, they examined the competitive situation in Germany and relevant markets for carbon concrete.