The largest construction research project in Germany, C³-Carbon Concrete Composite, won the German Sustainability Award 2015 in the category research. In the ambitious project, over 130 partners from science, associations and industry are working on the research and establishment of the new building material carbon concrete. The VDZ is also a partner in the C³ project.
C³ has been able to assert itself among 87 research projects from all major German research centres. The research award, one of the most prestigious awards of its kind in Europe, was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMFB) and awarded for the eighth time. The award-winning C³ project develops a new material composite of carbon fibres and high-performance concrete. With its flexibility and long-life cycle, carbon concrete is a resource-saving alternative to reinforced concrete. The interdisciplinary project C³ is funded by the BMBF. The management of the consortium is the responsibility of the Dresden University of Technology.
The VDZ is not only a partner in the C3 consortium but also actively participates in research projects. The aim of the current research phase is the elimination of market barriers through clear regulation. Together with the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete, the German Concrete and Construction Technology Association, renowned universities and other industrial partners, the VDZ has begun to create the foundations for regulations. These are aimed at the use of carbon concrete for reinforcement measures as well as for new buildings. Regulations that can be drawn up in the course of the research project should make it possible to establish carbon concrete in practice.
In the coming research phase, the VDZ plans to work together with the ibac, Aachen, to develop a data base for the environmental compatibility of the new composite construction carbon concrete, by leaching and irrigation trials.
C³- Carbon Concrete Composite is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's "Twenty20 Partnership for Innovation" program.