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Smart Construction Materials: Light Emitting Cement

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on September 3, 2018

This might look like an art installation but this is light generating cement. It absorbs and radiates natural or artificial light creating this beautiful glow in the dark effect.

Light emitting cement is the next step in the smart construction materials journey. A solution to lighting up our streets with sustainable energy, saving money and the environment.

This is the brainchild of Dr Jose Carlos Rubio Avalos of the UMSNH of Morelia, it is a response to the need for more sustainable construction materials.

Bobtrade Construction Materials Building Supplies Cement[Photo Credit: Coach Bunch]

Whilst work is being done in other areas to reduce the carbon footprint of creating cement, it is important to look at ways we can make this process as worthwhile as possible for the planet.

The cement can act as a light source for dark walkways without creating light pollution which disturbs wildlife and humans alike. Equally it is charged by natural light from the sun, just like solar powered lights you’d get in a garden.

The science is really very simple and not much different to the phosphorescent/luminescent glow in the dark stickers kids can buy. The light from the sun, but also artificial light charge up the cement.

"The science is not much different to the glow in the dark stars kids have on their ceilings."

Bobtrade Construction Materials Building Supplies Cement[Photo Credit: Science Fun]

It’s a very cool idea and we can’t wait to see these gently lighting up our towns and cities.

The history of cement is an interesting one. It goes back to ancient times, though it is not as sophisticated as perhaps the cement and concrete we work with today. The precursor to our contemporary cement can be dated back to the 1300s in the middle east. As the material reacted with the air it hardened and created a protective layer to houses and battlements.

"It’s a very cool idea and we can’t wait to see these gently lighting up our towns and cities."

Bobtrade Construction Materials Building Supplies Cement[Photo Credit: Mega Saw]

The history of concrete is an interesting one but the future is even more exciting. We even have engineers and scientists working on cement and concrete which can be used in space. Including a type of cement using almost exclusively materials one would find on mars. Very cool!

We’re very excited about cement’s latest glow up.

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.