Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Saudi Roads Authority revealed that it has started conducting a new technical experiment to cool roads in the country, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom.
The authority stated, through its official account on Twitter, that it, in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing, has begun “experimenting with the research study on cooling asphalt surfaces.”
As for the reason for this experiment, it is due to “the roads absorbing the temperature during the day, which leads to the road temperature sometimes reaching 70 degrees Celsius, and the roads scientifically re-release this heat at night, which causes a scientific phenomenon called the ‘heat island phenomenon’ that leads to Increased energy consumption and air pollution.
In order to address this phenomenon and improve the experience of road users, an experiment began with the use of what is known as cold pavements, which are several homemade materials that are able to absorb and reflect less amounts of solar radiation, and therefore their surface temperature becomes lower than traditional pavements, according to the authority.
This experiment aims to reduce the temperature in neighborhoods and residential areas, reduce the energy used to cool buildings, and reduce the effects of climate change. This technology also contributes to providing a more comfortable environment in waiting areas and areas where people congregate.
It should be noted that the experiment is part of a package of scientific experiments that are being implemented with the aim of improving the experience of road users.
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