Carbon-negative Troldtekt acoustic panels in the running for German Innovation Award

Troldtekt® acoustic panels based on the cement type FUTURECEMTM have been nominated for the prestigious German Innovation Award, which honours outstanding innovations. The new acoustic panels absorb more CO2 than they emit during their production.


“Awards that make innovation visible.” This is how the German Design Council describes the German Innovation Award, which honours innovations that, among other things, take sustainability as well as energy and resource consumption into account. The new Troldtekt acoustic panels based on FUTURECEM are in the running for an award in the ‘Excellence in Business to Business’ category.

The German Innovation Awards is presented by the German Design Council, which is also behind awards such as the German Design Award and the ICONIC Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Berlin in May.

It is on account of Troldtekt’s highly innovative work with documented sustainability that the well-known acoustic panels can in future be based on FUTURECEM instead of traditional cement.

New acoustic panels a breakthrough
FUTURECEM is a patented cement type with a 30 per cent smaller carbon footprint than traditional cement. The wood, which is the other raw material in Troldtekt acoustic panels, absorbs CO2 as the trees grow in the Danish forests. And since production at Troldtekt’s own factory takes place using renewable energy, the new acoustic panels’ total carbon footprint ends up being negative in terms of the raw materials used, transport and the manufacturing of the products.

“It marks something of a breakthrough that we can replace traditional cement with FUTURECEM without impairing the properties of the panels. We now have a cement-based product which has a negative carbon footprint during production and right up until it is recycled or disposed of,” says Vibeke Pedersen, Head of Engineering Department at Troldtekt A/S.

“At the same time, we’re working on different methods for recycling in both the biological and the technical cycles, so that as little of the embedded CO2 as possible is released during combustion when the acoustic panels have reached the end of their useful lives after 50-70 years,” she says.

Troldtekt with FUTURECEM will be launched in March 2022. The new acoustic panels have been ranked by the Cradle to Cradle design concept at Gold level, and are expected to be certified by 1 March 2022.

Troldtekt based on FUTURECEM is also in the running for a Green Product Award 2022.

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About German Innovation Award

  • The purpose of the German Innovation Award is to honour innovative products and technologies. Solutions that clearly stand out from the crowd thanks to the contribution they make to people and the environment. The award is presented by the German Design Council.
  • The jury emphasises, among other things, that the innovations must take account of aspects such as sustainability and energy and resource consumption.
  • The jury selects one Gold winner in each category and a number of Winners for innovations.
  • The jury will meet to vote on 16 February 2022, and the winners will be announced at a grand awards ceremony in Berlin on 24 May 2022.

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