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Germany’s future infrastructure
Thursday, 27 November 2014

alt Not content with its cars, Germany now wants to see at least 20% of its building infrastructure reinforced with carbon composites instead of steel in the next twenty years. 

The country’s Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has provided €45 million in funding to the C³ – Carbon, Concrete, Composite consortium which comprises 79 members from different research and economic sectors who want to enhance the sustainability, as well as the operational and economic efficiency of construction and maintenance. 

“The most commonly used reinforcement material – steel-reinforced concrete – is associated with high levels of primary energy input, CO2 output and resource consumption, and despite this has a limited lifespan of just forty to eighty years,” explains Ingolf Lepenies, of Scale GmnH, a consortium member involved in technical development services based in Dresden. “This poses a safety risk for many types of structures, as is most notably being seen in a growing number of bridges.”    Read More >>

 

Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor


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