Qatar to Cool Off Stadiums with Remote Controlled Clouds for World Cup 2022

March 28, 2011, By Alex Ion

World Cup 2022 is going to be different. Not just because it goes to “new lands”, in Qatar, which is a country with only 1.6 million people — for comparison, Qatar is one fifth the size of London — but also because in June or July, when the matches will be played, the average daytime temperature is a sweltering 40°C (~104F) and can reach up to 50°C (~120F).

But the wealthiest nation to have ever hosted a World Cup, has a plan.

To cool off spectators who’ll be attending the matches on the yet to be built stadiums ($100 billion will be spent on infrastructure projects), Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani, head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Qatar University, plans to launch an artificial remote-controlled cloud that will prevent sun rays from reaching the ground.

The artificial clouds are going be built in collaboration with Qatar Science and Technology Park. They will be made of 100 percent light carbonic materials and will be fueled by four solar-powered engines. They will be flown by remote control whenever needed and wherever needed.

The initial model of the cloud cost $500,000, but the cost will decrease upon launching the commercial models which could also be used at beaches, car parking by using the mobile phone,” Dr Saud Abdul Ghani told a local Arabic daily.

We’re thrilled to see James Bond-like gadgets coming from Qatar, but the consequences of a faulty cloud (sounds crazy, we know) could be very big.

Let’s hope they get this one right.

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