With innovation and sustainability on the coronary heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ preparations, cooling expertise is likely one of the event’s main success tales. The revolutionary system was first showcased through the inauguration of Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in 2017 and since then has been tailored to profit six extra event venues, in addition to different amenities throughout the nation.
With Qatar’s World Cup going down in November and December, the stress on cooling programs will likely be restricted, with exterior temperatures estimated to be 18-24°C. The expertise will, nonetheless, permit sporting occasions to be held all-year-round, along with different actions, like buying and farming.
Power-efficient cooling programs had been developed following Qatar’s profitable bid for the World Cup, with the expertise delivered by the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy in collaboration with Qatar College (QU). Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani, Professor of Engineering at QU, performed a key position within the cooling journey, which began along with his college research a long time earlier.
“My PhD research targeted on air con in a automotive and we utilized the identical principle to our World Cup stadiums – however clearly on a a lot greater scale,” stated Dr. Saud.
The expertise is now fitted in seven of eight Qatar 2022 stadiums, with the one exception Stadium 974, which is fully-demountable and options pure air flow. Every of the opposite venue’s cooling expertise is completely different and made to suit its distinctive design and options. Utilizing solar-powered power, exterior air is cooled after which distributed by means of grills within the stands and enormous pitch-side nozzles. The programs use insulation and spot cooling to make them as environmentally pleasant as doable.
“Spot cooling means we solely cool the areas the place individuals want it – like on the pitch and within the stands,” stated Dr. Saud. “The type of every stadium acts as a barrier, which comprises a chilly bubble inside. Our air circulation method cools the air, filters it and pushes it out in direction of the gamers and followers. Every stadium is cooled to a snug temperature of round 20 levels, with spot cooling enhancing our dedication to sustainability and the surroundings.”
One other benefit of the expertise is the actual fact it’s unpatented – which means companies and nations can use it to develop related programs.
“This expertise is a possible game-changer for nations with sizzling climates. That’s the reason I made certain that anybody can use it,” stated Dr. Saud. “I’m very proud that this expertise, which originated right here in Qatar, will be tailored by different nations and companies. It’s considered one of Qatar’s many presents to the world, ensuing from its internet hosting of the World Cup.”
Dr. Saud can also be proud to have applied related cooling programs at different venues, together with a buying plaza at Katara and a farm in Al Khor which grows fruit and greens for native customers.
“This expertise has nice potential for reworking out of doors areas as we all know them. We have now applied the identical programs in farms and had been in a position to develop energy-efficient strategies to develop meals through the sizzling summer time months. It provides me absolute pleasure to see the expertise profit the meals safety trade in Qatar,” stated Dr. Saud.
He continued: “Considered one of Qatar’s World Cup guarantees was to spur technological innovation and we’re already witnessing the legacy of cooling expertise. My dream is to see this expertise taken additional and developed to profit different communities throughout the globe.”