New cooling tech for Qatar
Even though the games have now been rescheduled to the winter, officials said they will continue to develop cooling technology that would enable athletes to compete even at very high temperatures.
Announcing Qatar’s World Cup master plan in February, Local Organizing Committee CEO Hassan Al Thawadi declared this technology as one of the legacies of the 2022 tournament.
He added that it could be used in greenhouses in Qatar, helping the country meet its food security goals.
As part of the scheme, a new weather station was installed this week at Al Wakrah Stadium, which is set to be completed in 2018.
The equipment will provide the data needed to calibrate the cooling technology at the stadium.
In a statement, SCDL cooling expert Dr. Nelson Chilengwe explained that the system will record meteorological data every five minutes and air quality information every 15 minutes. He continued:
“We usually get this information from data based on national weather station measurements, like the one at the airport, but for our program, we wanted to know exactly what the weather is like close to our stadium sites.”
Two additional weather stations will be installed at the Al Rayyan and Lusail stadium sites, and data collection and analysis of the information will be conducted for at least three years, the SCDL added.