All photos courtesy of SCDL
Though the 2022 World Cup will no longer be played during Qatar’s searing summer months, the country has said it will continue to develop cooling technology that would enable athletes to compete even when it’s 50C out.
As part of that work, a new weather station was installed this week at the under-construction Al Wakrah Stadium, which is slated for a 2018 completion.
The equipment, which includes a sun tracker, solar-powered monitoring of particulate matter, temperature and humidity sensors and other features, will provide the data needed to calibrate the cooling technology at the stadium, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said.
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.
The stations are being developed and installed by the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC).
The use of cooling technology in the 2022 World Cup stadiums was an important part of Qatar’s bid to host the tournament.
Qatar’s first public test of the tech took place last summer, in a fan zone for people to watch the 2014 World Cup.
There, various strategies were employed to keep the seated areas cool, including “high level jet nozzles” and cooling mists.
The tech appeared to pass muster, with some visitors saying that despite the hot, humid weather they wished they had brought a sweater to the venue.
Months later, FIFA voted to move Qatar’s World Cup from the summer to November/December 2022.
Even though the games have now been rescheduled to the winter, officials said they will continue to develop the technology to help benefit Qatar, the region and countries with similar climates.
Announcing Qatar’s World Cup master plan in February, Local Organizing Committee CEO Hassan Al Thawadi said the technology would be 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.
Cooling technology hehe….shameless.
Never mind the thousands that are dying, we are going forward on the cooling technology!
If you are Qatari: Are you proud of your country? It would be nice to hear what local Qatari people think now of the world cup. I hope they see it clear now how everyone that was involved in that 2022 bid is either arrested or on their way to be. Cooling technology??! 🙂
Deleting for attack.
Thank you miss Shabina for declaring that when someone mentions the obvious bribes to buy the world cup as attacks. And you call yourself a moderator? Wanna call this an attack too?
Thank you for declaring that thousands of people’s lives mean nothing and mentioning these people’s death is an attack against Qatar! NOT against the ones who were killed.
attack on who Shabina? Wow simply amazing miss! If this is not moderation, I am not sure what is.
Akmal, she will loose her job is she does not delete the “ATTACKERS” comments 😉 . I know you would do the same as a moderator irrespective of your personal opinions.
Correct she does not want to end up in jail.
It’s not about jail, it’s about facilitating discussion. We don’t want trolls on our site and we will continue to ban them when they pop up.
She deleted my comment because I spoke the truth and truth hurts…
It is thanks to the WC, there is a focus on workers rights. All thanks to the media – which in my opinion would have a good outcome for the workers, albeit slowly.
The entire GCC has had a poor record – in Bahrain I remember workers being transported in open trucks.
There has to be a start somewhere. The WC is a good start.
What have you done to improve the lives and rights of the workers?
I deleted your comment because you’re being a bully. You can’t attack a commenter because you are not happy with what his/her government is doing. Consider this a warning – if you troll again, you will be banned.
No you deleted my comment because you personally did not agree with it Shabina.
Please tell me who I bullied and tell me which commenter I attacked.
I can’t believe you are actually saying that I bullied someone when my comment was NOT EVEN a reply! (Please take a look it still shows) .I think you owe me an apology here but I would never expect that to ever happen.
Please try to be honest and fair and instead of threatening people with banning them, please be honest with yourself and with us. Not sure if you “Own” Doha news or if you get paid to do a job there.
If you own it I would understand and I would stop commenting as of now. There are hundreds of news hubs miss Shabina.
Consider this a warning? Warning over what???? You said I bullied someone before and then you warn me for clarifying that what I said is not anything against your own forum rules???
Wow! I am out and I will not comment here again!
Yeah, I too think that the deleting of comments thing is taken too far. You have to be able to see the opinions of others. You can’t just delete a comment because you don’t like it. What they can do is they can mark the comment as spam so that it is hidden by default, but you can access that comment if you want. I want to be able to see your comment. I don’t even know what you wrote and why she deleted it. This is just frustrating. I can see that she deletes multiple comments. Almost every article has a deleted comment…
im not saying that its bribed or not, but shouldnt we assume that someone is innocent until proven guilty..
No, not when it’s Qatar we are talking about. The U.S., on the other hand; well, I’m sure Mr. Farah would say never bribed anyone for their bid for the same event 😉
This is a comment you made a month ago on the Toronto Sun story
on the Tennessee shooter;
“does ANYTHING good come out of this SHIIIITTTTTT country
Why is the USA airbase still in this disgusting enslaving
racist terrorist cult Qatar?
Can this earth do something about this PIG land
Here on Doha News, you change your tune a bit, and you still
sound like you’re the king of that land 😉
By the way; seem that the Donald is leading in the polls
among your “people”! Let that sink in!
Isn’t this irrelevant now that the wc has been moved to winter?
Maybe not, if they are smart and owns the rights they could sell this tech to other countries…..