Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming in their bodies, Ecosel AsphaltProtection is a fully biodegradable additive for de-icing brine. It works by slowing the freezing process, resulting in soft, slushy ice, rather than hard, abrasive ice.
After in-depth research and development, the product is available to customers in Italy and the Netherlands.
Adding the product to road salt can reduce frost damage by about 50 percent, says Werner Fuhrmann, member of the AkzoNobel Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals.
Extending the service life of roads will also cause CO2 emissions will also fall, not only because of fewer traffic tailbacks, but also because there will be a reduced need for materials and energy for maintenance, Fuhrmann says.