LEIPZIG, Germany — June 24, 2021 — FibreCoat GmbH from Aachen, Germany, together with DBF Deutsche Basalt GmbH, developed a completely new type of fiber 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“ IQ Innovations-preises Mitteldeutschland“ on June 24 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 alter-native for a market worth billions.
The overall prize of the “IQ Innovationspreises Mitteldeutschland“ is endowed with 15,000 euros 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 Tex-tiltechnik (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.
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 fiber 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.
- 1,500 meters of yarn are produced per minute instead of the previous 5 meters.
- The energy required is only 10 per cent of the previous amount.
The result is a price that is twenty times lower.
The textile made of AluCoat fibers 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 fiber center 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 “Europ ische Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland“ promotes novel marketable products, processes and services in five industry-specific clusters.
Posted June 29, 2021
Source: ITA – Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University