2022 Grants Challenge

Reflective, Cool, pavement preservation coating

Idea by ePAVE, LLC

ePAVE is a patented, reflective pavement coating material engineered to preserve asphalt and concrete while reducing climate change impacts. Compared to traditional paving materials, ePAVE lasts twice as long, cures 20 times faster and is non-toxic with no harmful emissions. This grant will provide means to address some of the challenges we face to fully roll out the product in market (i.e. how to keep the surface reflective from tire tracks to continue decreasing the heat on the surface and therefore decrease the greenhouse gas emission.)


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Climate and Environment

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

San Fernando Valley

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

LAUSD (select only if you have a district-wide partnership or project)

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Reflective pavement coating is a relatively new industry. The industry is facing a major challenge to keep the surface or the pavement clean and free of debris and tire marks. At ePAVE, we have successfully developed a reflective pavement coating that addresses many challenges. However, we are still working on finding ways to keep the pavement surface free of debris. This grant will help us to engage the best in the industry to tackle this problem, reformulate it, produce the product, test it in the lab, test it in the field, do a few pilot project and eventually roll out. The reformulation could be done by using some admixtures. The surface free of debris will help ePAVE pavement coating to continue being reflective and keep the surface and the ambient air cool (up to 20 degrees). This helps decrease the Urban heat Island and greenhouse gas emission.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

The product needs to go through some changes by reformulation. A team of expert chemist could help us identify the changes. Then the product will be produced, tested in the lab, tested in the field, piloted to early users and then rolled out to public.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

When ePAVE is used on the surface of pavements, it helps decrease the heat on the surface of the pavement and the ambient air. Neighborhoods in LA County that suffer the most from Urban Heat Island, and especially low income neighborhoods that don't have access to trees and air-conditioning will greatly benefit from cooler air once ePAVE is used. ePAVE also is non petroleum and non-toxic. Asphalt emanates twenty eight different chemicals to the environment. Once ePAVE is applied on a surface of asphalt that is toxic, it will cap the toxic emission further supporting the clean air. Los Angeles County will greatly benefit from this technology by having a cooler and cleaner air.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

We measure the heat on the surface and the ambient air by a hand thermometer on all our pilot projects. The data collected is entered in a spreadsheet and compared to a surface with no ePAVE coating. The collected data shows us the direct impact of ePAVE on the heat reduction . There are also independent labs that could measure the Solar Reflectivity of the surface with a special equipment. Also, thermal imaging could be done on those surfaces to show how much impact the ePAVE surface could have on decreasing heat on those surface. Thermal images that is done by NASA/JPL shows how cool pavements like ePAVE decrease the heat on the surface on the surface and what effect they have on the surrounding buildings. These satellite images could be requested to define and measure success.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 50

Indirect Impact: 1,000,000