Netherlands To Do Away with Streetlights From Highways

Some commuters driving the freeways of the Netherlands are being treated to a new type of highway.

The “Smart Highway”, as the designers at Studio Roosegaarde are calling it, aims to change the way roads in Europe work completely. The Smart Highway eliminates the bright streetlights that accompany most roadways. This new highway does so with photo-luminescent dynamic paints that make the tarmac charge during the daytime, and glow brightly for up to 10 hours at night. Almost just like the glow-in-the-dark stars I had on my ceiling as a child.

Replacing most highways with the new Smart Highway could help cut down energy use and light pollution at the same time. In a tightly packed continent like Europe, they could use less of both.

Currently, there is already a 500 meter stretch of highway in the Netherlands using this technology. The project aims to go international this year.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s