The Qatar University has designed an artificial cloud to provide shade for stadiums and training grounds during the 2022 World Cup in Doha.
Designed by Dr Saud Abdul Ghani, the university’s head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the cloud will float (with helium) above the open playgrounds to provide an innovative way of beating the scorching heat in the desert country.
The ‘clouds’ are made of 100% light carbonic and will be remote controlled. They will be powered by four solar-powered engines and will hover high in the air to protect direct and indirect sun rays to control temperatures at the stadiums.
The university will partner with the Qatar Science and Technology Park to design a working model of the cloud at a cost of an estimated US$500,000.