Architect and designer Carlo Ratti created a canopy of solar reflectors that create shade and also direct sunlight onto a photovoltaic panel that generates electricity.

He christened it Sun & Shade, and it’s built with mirrors that automatically rotate with the movement of the sun and reflect its rays back to a photovoltaic solar panel “located at a safe distance”.

Ratti presented Sun & Shade with a prototype at Museum of the future of Dubai, as part of an exhibition entitled “Reimagining Climate Change”.

Ratti says the inspiration for this project came from traditional Middle Eastern architecture.

The position of each reflector can be programmed independently, making it possible to use them not only to control shadow and power generation, but also to create different patterns or designs with the shadows.

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