Will Man-Made Clouds Provide Shade At 2022 World Cup In Qatar?

By Meera Dolasia on March 30, 2011

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When the tiny nation of Qatar, beat out the USA, Australia, Japan and South Korea, as the venue for the 2022 World Cup Soccer, there were gasps of surprise from the fans - And it was not just because of the size of the competitors, but also the fact, that the World Cup is held in June and July, which happen to be Qatar's hottest months, when temperatures can soar  to 50°C (122° F).

Since the World Cup cannot be moved to the 'cooler' season in January or to a neighboring country with milder weather, Qatar has to figure out a solution to make the games more comfortable for both players and fans.

While country officials have promised to alleviate some of the issues with solar-powered stadiums capable of reducing the temperatures inside, to a comfortable 20°C (68°F), there is still concern of how the players will be able to function in the practice fields.

Now, some scientists from Qatar University's mechanical and industrial engineering department may have come up with an innovative solution - Creating remote-controlled man-made clouds, that will provide shade from the scorching heat.

The team led by Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani plan to manufacture the clouds from light carbon materials inside which will be housed a giant envelope filled with helium gas. The remote-controlled engine to move the clouds around, will be powered by solar panels, placed on the cloud's top surface.

Dr. Ghani estimates the initial clouds to cost about $500,000 USD each, but says that as they are deployed in larger quantities, the price could go down. However, since Qatar needs to find a solution, the money is probably not the issue - The bigger question is, will this team of scientists actually be able to conjure up something this radical? We will all find out in about eleven years!

Resources: Gizmag.com, gulfnews.com

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  • JoeTuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:09 am
    Wow
    • yellew
      yellewWednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am
      cool
      • LindsayFriday, January 31, 2014 at 10:07 am
        AMAZING I want to play soccer there
        • JoshTuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm
          I want to play football there
          • directioner4evs
            directioner4evsWednesday, October 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm
            This is so cool!
            • JasonThursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:13 am
              I want to play in the World Cup
              • Fernanda Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm
                awesome
                • AustinThursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:45 am
                  that is awsome
                  • Georgina HWednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm
                    amazing :DD
                    • real RudiSunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm
                      Epic ill be 22

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