You heard right – the product has been christened ‘Biophalt,’ and according to RideApart, French company Eiffage Route makes use of a vegetable-based binder that replaces the sticky stuff typically harvested from crude oil to create the asphalt we know today.
*Sidenote: Asphalt uses the heaviest part of crude oil – whatever’s left after the light fractions are distilled off for gasoline and other such products (via VAasphalt). If this information is correct, this also means that cutting back gasoline-powered machines in France will eventually result in less crude oil for asphalt – theoretically, in any event.*
“In terms of traffic volume, climatic resilience, traction, and durability, Biophalt has similar attributes to conventional asphalt,” comment the report.
“It is also applied at mild temperatures and has a reduced production temperature requirement, both of which provide energy savings.”
“With all of this, Biophalt claims to have a carbon-neutral footprint.”
The technology comes as a slight disadvantage, given that we don’t know much about the ease of production, and that this material will likely cost 5-10% more than the traditional stuff – but the percentages are a far cry from the fiscal disparity between fossil-fuelled motorcycles and gasoline machines.
With one mile paved in Biophalt and a further 3,836 potentially available for paving (following successful testing), we look forward to seeing the results of this particular experiment.
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