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World’s first UV-powered path absorbs energy to give light

October 25, 2013

World’s first UV-powered path absorbs energy to give light

British firm Pro-Teq Surfacing has paved the way for a new type of sustainable lighting source in the United Kingdom, creating a spray-on coating that allow pathways and like surfaces to capture energy during the day for use at night.

This patented re-surfacing technology, called Starpath, is a liquid-based product mixed with natural earth aggregate material. It is the result of an extensive trial period refining the chemistry behind the particles that absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays, which then enable the coated surface ? whether concrete, tarmac, timber or other solid forms ? to glow. The renewed road serves as an alternative to street lighting and it also minimizes carbon footprint.

In addition to this energy-producing feature, the Starpath extends the life cycle of existing paths and lanes, as it is a re-surfacing technique, Pro-Teq explains. This means there is no need to remove and replace the current surface, doing away with consuming unnecessary energy and resources and such. The Starpath spray-on coating, instead, gives it a new layer and sheen, complete with a protective top layer for longevity.


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