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Sheffield energy experts design cooling system for Qatar 2022 stadium

University of Sheffield

Although the competition has been moved from the summer to November and December, the average temperature during this time ranges between 25 - 29?.

Dr Ben Hughes's team from Sheffield's Energy 2050 institute worked with colleagues from Qatar University to design the system which cools the outside air and and pushes it through to the pitch, stands and concourse areas.

This district cooling technology is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than air conditioning systems and uses recovered heat in a mixed mode to deliver a stable, comfortable indoor environment.

The 40,000 seat Khalifa Stadium was first opened in 1976 but has undergone extensive renovations for the World Cup.

Dr Hughes said: "One of the main challenges in holding the World Cup in Qatar is maintaining the thermal comfort of players and spectators. By using innovative cooling technology, we are able to reduce temperatures and the energy needed to meet carbon neutral commitments."

This project was made possible by an National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) award from the Qatar National Research Fund, a member of the Qatar Foundation.


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Notes to Editors

NPRP award NPRP 6-461-2-188 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

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