Could these renewable glow-in-the-dark roads soon replace electric lighting completely?

When Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans first introduced the remarkable concept of glow-in-the-dark roads to the Netherlands, they looked set to change the face of motor travel forever.

The idea is simple but mindbogglingly brilliant. The futuristic TRON-like load is lined with paint and treated with a light-adsorbing luminescent powder that charges in the sunlight and emits a green glow for up to 10 hours in the dark.

This is what it looks like:

However, problems soon arose when it was found that the glow-in-the-dark paint turned out to be sensitive to moisture caused by the rainfall, which limited the output severely.

This hasn’t stopped Hejmans however, which now says the issue is only temporary, and they expect to be rolling out an update to Glowing Lines 2.0, hopefully to debut soon.

Fingers crossed, this could soon be our future:

Src: Inhabitat