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Hot but Qatar cools the air 2022

Hot but Qatar cools the air 2022


DESERT conditions are predictably hot, if you’re not used to it, but the cooling technology introduced by Qatar kicks off as one of the biggest success stories of Qatar 2022.

With innovation and sustainability, the revolutionary system was first unveiled during the grand opening of Khalifa International Stadium back in 2017 and has since been scaled up to benefit six other tournament venues, as well as other facilities across the country.

External temperatures estimated at 18-24°C. But the technology will still make it possible to organize sporting events all year round, in addition to other activities, such as shopping and farming, says Jita Singh, the former award-winning coach from Singapore, who is now based in Doha, the Qatari capital .

“I know that energy-efficient cooling systems have been developed and the technology is now installed in seven of the eight stadiums at Qatar 2022, with the one exception being stadium 974, which is fully demountable and has natural ventilation,” he said .

COOLING TECHNOLOGY

“Each of the other venue’s cooling technologies is different and crafted to suit its unique design and characteristics. Using solar energy, outside air is cooled and then distributed through grilles in the stands and large nozzles on the sidelines. The systems use insulation and point cooling to make them as environmentally friendly as possible.

Jita who is familiar with desert conditions as an international Coach Instructor, he explained that spot cooling means “cooling only the areas where people need it – like on the pitch and in the stands… the shape of each stadium acts as a barrier, which contains a cold bubble inside”.

England coach Darren Southgate also looked unmoved. In a recent interview, he said: “It doesn’t matter when it is, the time of year – now it’s winter and it’s 30 degrees here – but we want to enjoy it as much as possible. We’re going out there to embrace it, to enjoy all that comes with it. Listen, we don’t sunbathe too often at home, so let’s enjoy it.

GAME CHANGER

Qatar’s extensive air circulation technique cools the air, filters it and pushes it towards the players and fans. He added: “Each stadium is cooled to a comfortable temperature of around 20 degrees, with point cooling reinforcing our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

Another advantage of the technology is that it is not patented, which means that companies and countries can use it to develop similar systems.

Southgate said: “This technology is a potential game changer for countries with hot climates. That’s why they made sure anyone could use it.

Qatar holds its head high that “this technology can be adapted by other countries and companies…it’s one of Qatar’s many gifts to the world, from hosting the World Cup.”

Jita said, “This Qatari technology has great potential to transform outdoor spaces. They’ve implemented the same systems on farms and have been able to develop energy-efficient ways to grow food during the hot summer months.”

Giving a thumbs-up, Jita says the Qatar World Cup pledged to “stimulate technological innovation… their dream is to see this technology taken further and developed for the benefit of other communities around the world.”

* Suresh Nair is an award-winning sportscaster who is also a qualified international coach and instructor of international referees

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