Slippery Road

The NCE looks at a new product from Colas UK called "Vegcol". It is an entirely vegetable based alternative to bitumen and petroleum resin binders and carries great potential for the pavement sector. Use of this product could mean a massive reduction in energy consumption and it offers the chance to avoid rising crude prices. It allows an asphalt mix temperature of 40degreesC lower than the norm, resulting in lower fuel consumption and fuel emissions. Because it is a transparent binder it can produce naturally aesthetic asphalts, or coloured asphalts with the addition of decorative aggregates or pigment. The manufacturers are not revealing the contents of the new product, but claim its constituents are purely natural and come from agricultural vegetable origin. The product has been used successfully in Europe and a pilot project has been undertaken in the UK, involving resurfacing a footpath in Portsmouth. Use of the product may not yet be possible for many public sector roads in the UK until some quality control and approval issues are addressed.


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  • Accession Number: 01091170
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 31 2008 8:07AM