According to VenhoevenCS, 85 per cent of the world’s food is dependent on insect pollination.

The Butterfly Effect would reduce the disruptive air currents produced by cars and encourage insects to travel across the road and pollinate plants.

Made up of hexagonal photovoltaic modules, the web’s design is informed by a bee’s honeycomb and would create a large surface area of solar panels that could convert sunlight into energy.

The designers expect that the technology for translucent photovoltaic surfaces will soon be available.

“The first generation of these energy-generating surfaces will consist of a thin translucent photovoltaic membrane,” said Gross.

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