- Apr 14, 2014
Highways Glow Green In The Netherlands
Smart highway uses simple technology to save engery
Glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a small stretch of highway in The Netherlands.
The 0.3-mile-long strip of the N329 highway in Oss is the first step in an effort to roll out glow-in-the-dark road lines throughout the entire country, the BBC reported. The full scale project will be implemented later this month.
The futuristic-looking streets are the result of a collaboration between interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde and the Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans.
Roosengaarde was working on a energy-neutral streetlight when he decided to approach the problem from a different angle, getting rid of the streetlights all together. Paint containing photo-luminescing powder charges all day under the sun and slowly releases a glow at night. It can glow bright green for up to eight hours.
Roosegaarde and his team also have plans to develop a system where patterns would appear on the road to notify drivers of adverse weather conditions. The team is also responsible for the SMOG project, which uses an electronic vacuum cleaner to scrub city air of smog particles.