FibreCoat GmbH and DBF Deutsche Basalt Faser GmbH win overall prize of the “IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland“

FibreCoat GmbH from Aachen, Germany, together with DBF Deutsche Basalt GmbH, developed a completely new type of fibre material to shield electromagnetic radiation from digital end devices, medical technology or e-car batteries cheaply and effectively. The joint project was awarded the overall prize of the 17th “IQ Innovationspreises Mitteldeutschland“ on 24 June in an online event broadcast live from Leipzig.

The two innovative companies DBF Deutsche Basalt GmbH and FibreCoat GmbH from East and West combine the two materials basalt and aluminium to protect against electromagnetic radiation. In doing so, they coat basalt with aluminium and, through this novel combination, create an inexpensive, sustainable and quickly produced alternative for a market worth billions.

The overall prize of the “IQ Innovationspreises Mitteldeutschland“ is endowed with EUR 15000 and was sponsored by the Halle-Dessau, Leipzig and East Thuringia Chambers of Industry and Commerce.

FibreCoat GmbH from Aachen is a spin-off of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University; the managing directors Dr Robert Brüll and Alexander Lüking and Richard Haas have completed their doctorates at the ITA or are in the process of preparing their doctorates. Georgi Gogoladze, Managing Director of Deutsche Basaltfaser GmbH, also studied at RWTH Aachen University. The two managing directors Brüll and Gogoladze know each other from their student days.

Background

Electromagnetic radiation from smartphones, hospital diagnostics and electric car batteries must be shielded so that they do not interfere with each other. To prevent mutual interference, they have so far been covered with metal fibre fabrics, a very time- and energy-consuming and thus expensive procedure. The new material from Basalt Faser GmbH and FibreCoat GmbH prevents this with a fibre core made of melted, thinly drawn basalt, which is coated with aluminium and bundled into the so-called AluCoat yarn. This yarn remains just as conductive and shielding, but is lighter, stronger, cheaper and more sustainable than previous alternatives. In addition, there are further advantages:

  • The number of process steps required is reduced from ten to one.
  • 1500 metres of yarn are produced per minute instead of the previous five metres.
  • The energy required is only 10 % of the previous amount.
  • The result is a price that is twenty times lower.

The textile made of AluCoat fibres is versatile and flexible: as wallpaper it can shield 5G radiation in offices or medical rooms or encase batteries and thus ensure the smooth functioning of electric cars. AluCoat is already being used in some companies. A European fibre centre in Sangerhausen is being planned for mass production. During the award ceremony, other cluster winners and winners of the local IQ competitions in Halle (Saale), Leipzig and Magdeburg were announced.

With the “IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland“, the “Europäische Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland“ promotes novel marketable products, processes and services in five industry-specific clusters.

Further information: “IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland

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