Pro-Teq trials glow-in-the-dark surfacing
Pro-Teq is carrying out trials of a surfacing system that absorbs energy from ambient light during the day, then releases this energy at night allowing the particles to glow.
The product from Pro-Teq Surfacing has been sprayed onto the existing pathway that runs through Christ’s Pieces open space, Cambridge between the city centre and the Grafton Centre, and is used by pedestrians and cyclists during the day and night. The Cambridge pathway measures 150m2, took only 30 minutes to spray the material on, and the surface was ready for use less than four hours after the job commenced.
It is aimed at enhancing visibility to assist users of pathways. The company said that it can also help to reduce the risk of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians at night without having to resort to artificial painted centre lines.
The trials are taking palce at Christ’s Pieces, a Cambridge City Council park.
Pro-Teq said that the produce extremely cost-effective to both install and maintain and may be applied to any existing surface. Hamish Scott, owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) said: “There is nothing like Starpath in the world, this product adjusts to the natural light, so if it is pitch black outside the luminous natural earth enhances, and if the sky is lighter, it won’t release as much luminosity – it adjusts accordingly, its almost like it has a mind of its own.”
He believes that councils around the country are currently turning off street-lighting at night to realise energy savings and that Starpath provides a viable alternative. “Councils spend significant sums of money fully replacing existing pathways when the existing surfaces have reached the end of their practical life. Our product is cost effective, fast to apply and fast to set, is an anti-slip surface, while the client has a choice of size and colour of aggregate,” he said. Once the aggregate is laid we apply a finishing coat, which is specially formulated to ensure the surface is water-resistant, and provides longevity to the finished product."
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This article was published on 18 Oct 2013 (last updated on 18 Oct 2013).