New technology could make streetlamps obsolete

A new technology is being trialled in the UK that could make standard street lighting a thing of the past.  Surrey-based company Pro-Teq has come up with a product aptly named “Starpath” which is a photo-luminescent surface material that can be applied to roads and footpaths.  The particles in the material absorb sun during daylight hours and provide a gentle glow after the sun goes down. 

This video clip features the current Cambridge trial, and gives a short overview of what’s involved.  The liquid-based material can be sprayed on existing surfaces making it quick to apply and ready for traffic in just four hours.  It is non-slip and non-reflective.

Similar solar technology is also being trialled for roadways as reported in our blog last November.  With the rising price of electricity, and cost of maintaining street lighting, Starpath could be both and economical and planet-friendly solution to the world’s night-light problem.

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