Cambridge City Council has been trialling an innovative new product that makes footpaths and surfaces glow in the dark. The spray-on product that absorbs light during the day and then glows at night could potentially save councils and facilities around the country, which spend many thousands of pounds a year on lighting their streets, parks and properties, a fortune in energy costs, whilst also increasing safety of their residents, occupants and visitors.
The new UV-powered walkway concept is the brain-child of New Zealand-born, and long term UK resident, inventor Hamish Scott, who has been developing the product for over five years. His product branded Starpath, which is currently being trialled in Christ’s Pieces, a well-known park in the east side of the centre of Cambridge by Cambridge City Council, has received interest from buyers and specifiers around the world.
The product is applied by simply spraying on to to any existing surface, be it concrete, tarmac, timber or any hard stand substrate (solid base) and then a top coat sealer is applied. The aggregate material absorbs and stores energy from ambient light (UV rays) during the day, then releases this energy at night allowing the particles to glow.
Scott believes his invention Starpath has considerable environmental appeal beyond the obvious reduction in council bills in that the application does not require the existing surface to be removed thus saving cost and carbon during resurfacing works. Hamish Scott, who owns Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd, 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. It is exceptional. You need to physically see it to believe it, this is pure nature doing its work.”