Saturday, March 26, 2011

‘Artificial Cooling Cloud’ For Qatar World Cup

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By Chris Wright

Bods from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have unveiled their design for an ‘artificial cloud’ that could be used to temper the desert country’s blistering heat during the 2022 World Cup.

According to the spiel, the cloud is positioned by remote control, made of 100% light carbonic materials, filled with helium, fuelled by four solar-powered engines (I imagine there’s a lot of that knocking about in Qatar) and it’s primary function will be to hover above the various stadiums in order to ‘filter both direct and indirect UV rays, as well as controlling temperatures at pitch level’ – all at a cost of around $500,000.

Whether or not the design was inspired by the clouds that shrouded FIFA’s bidding process has not yet been disclosed.

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