You travel thousands of miles to end up somewhere damp, drear, dank and drizzly. In my case New York.
They hope to use it to cool down the stadia for the 2022 World Cup.
The average temperature in Doha during June and July (assuming they don’t shift the tournament dates) is 41 degrees Celsius (106°F) – with the possibility of top temperatures as high as 50°C (122°F).
So the stadia, including the proposed Lusail Iconic Stadium, could do with cooling technology capable of reducing temperatures inside by up to 20°C (36°F).
The artificial clouds system was invented by a team led by Dr Saul Abdul Ghani, Head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at QU. Apparently the “clouds” would be made from a lightweight carbon structure carrying a giant envelope of material containing helium gas. The “cloud” would also feature solar panels on its upper surface to power engines that allow the cloud to be moved via remote control.
The cost? A snip at US$500,000.
And if the Qataris can cool things by 20 degrees, surely innovative New Yorkers could have warmed things up a bit for me?