Cooling the 2022 World Cup with Giant Robotic Clouds

March 29, 2011

Cooling the 2022 World Cup with Giant Robotic Clouds

Design, cloud, worldcup

Design, cloud, worldcup

Design, cloud, worldcup

How does Qatar plan to keep 2022 World Cup attendees and players comfortable in its sweltering 122 degree temperature highs? Aside from talks of a solar-powered, air-conditioned stadium, scientists have devised a way to shade the entire stadium: solar-powered, remote-control "clouds."

The clouds will be constructed of light-weight carbon and filled with helium to keep them afloat. The solar engines will keep the clouds steady, even in winds, and allow them to follow the sun's path.

Though FIFApro lobbied to switch the festival to the winter months, the schedule stands.

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Ward Andrews

Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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