We've seen plenty of unique implementations for solar panels, but none quite like these so-called VEIL Solar Shades from designer Büro North, which block out the sun's rays just as well as they capture it. In addition to being light enough for a child to turn on a swivel (they're designed specifically for schools), the shades would apparently also boast a pattern of LED lights on their undersides, which would indicate if they're in the optimal position to gather the maximum amount of solar energy. No word as to when of if they're actually going to put to use, but the project has apparently already received some funding by the Victorian Government in Australia, and it certainly seems like it'd find plenty of appeal beyond schoolyards.

[Via Inhabitat]

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Designer proposes VEIL Solar Shades to help power schools