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Glowing path trialled in Cambridge

25th October 2013

The surface requires no external power supply. Instead it soaks up the energy from visible and UV light during the day, and releases it at night.

There is nothing like STARPATH in the world ...

A new path surface that glows in the dark is being trialled in Cambridge, England. The "Starpath" surface requires no external power supply. Instead it soaks up the energy from visible and UV light during the day, and releases it at night. 

So far 150 square metres of Starpath have been applied to a path in Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge. The glowing surface was sprayed onto the existing path in a process that took only 30 minutes. Four hours later it was ready for public use. 

Pro-Teq Surfacing, the company that developed Starpath, says the surface is durable, non-slip, non-reflective to reduce glare, and offers local authorities the opportunity to save a fortune in electricity bills for outdoor lighting, and improve safety and convenience in unlit areas. It is also cost effective to both install and maintain, the company claims, and may be applied to any existing hard surface - such as concrete, tarmac, timber or any hard standing.

"There is nothing like STARPATH in the world", says Pro-Teq's Hamish Scott. "This product adjusts to the natural light, so if it is pitch black outside it lights up, and if the sky is bright, it retains its energy. Its almost like it has a mind of its own. It is exceptional."

There is only one downside: the surfacing process is expensive, at £70 per square metre. Only if and when the cost falls to a more affordable level will Starpath be widely deployed around the world.

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