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Glow-in-the-Dark 'Smart Highway'


Oss, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Project owner: Avelardo Florentino

Project Overview
Project Name: Glow-in-the-Dark 'Smart Highway'
Date Completed: 2014
Location: Oss, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Project Status: Complete
Project Type: Transportation
Project Subtype: Roadway

Project Tags: transportation innovation pilot project highways

Project Team

Disciplines That Worked on Project

Civil Engineer: Transportation

Project Details
About this project
In the future can we reduce streetlights and instead use glow-in-the-dark paint to make roads visible? This project uses glow-in-the-dark paint to light 0.3 miles (500 meters) of road along the N329 highway in the Netherlands. It's located in Oss, about 50 miles southeast of Amsterdam. The paint charges during the daytime and glows (thereby providing light) for up to 8 hours at night.
Who benefits from this project, and how?
It both creates a beautiful scene at night and makes it so streetlights (and the energy for the streetlights) is not needed. People who can't really see the lanes at night and need glasses can see the glow-in-the-dark lanes much more easier and makes the highway much more safe at night.
Environmental considerations
If this is successful, the glow-in-the-dark paint can make the streets visible and thereby reduce the need for streetlights. This can save energy and reduced electricity costs. Fewer streetlights can also decrease light pollution (photo-pollution). Light pollution causes problems in nocturnal animals; so this project will reduce the disruption and danger to nocturnal animals.
What's unique about this project?
This was a pilot project to see if it's safe and can be used long-term.

(Student Avelardo Florentino conducted some work on the project profile.)

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