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Cooling tech fitted for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

A weather station tower supporting proposed stadium cooling systems was installed at Al Wakrah Stadium, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) announced

The weather station tower is expected to promote all-year football matches at Al Wakrah Stadium.
The weather station tower is expected to promote all-year football matches at Al Wakrah Stadium.

A weather station tower supporting proposed stadium cooling systems was installed at Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) announced Wednesday, 5 August, 2015. 

The cooling station is set in a tower 10 metres high, and across a surface spanning 10x10 metres. 

Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), which has experience in operating and maintaining national weather stations, developed and installed the station. 

The station is expected to provide information about temperature, humidity, precipitation intensity, and visibility. 

The cooling systems designed for Al Wakrah Stadium will modulate their performance based on the local weather information provided by the weather station tower. 

SCDL expects this technology to encourage all-year football matches in Qatar. 

Dr Nelson Chilengwe, a cooling expert at SCDL, explained that external conditions need to be known by cooling technology designers.

“We usually get this information from data based on national weather station measurements, like the one at the airport, but for our programme, we wanted to know exactly what the weather is like close to our stadium sites,” he said.

On the next page: how SCDL's weather station tower works, and how many more will follow...

The QMIC, located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), will install two further weather stations for SCDL at the Al Rayyan and Lusail stadium precincts.

After installation, the towers will start collecting and analysing data for an initial period of three years.

“The station [at Al Wakrah Stadium] monitors and collects information 24 hours a day, but we have configured the system to record meteorological data every five minutes while air quality is recorded every 15 minutes,” Chilengwe explained.

“So far we have used several years of historical data to predict what the weather conditions are likely to be in 2022.

"With this equipment we can compare between our predictions and the actual parameters we are measuring on the site.”

Engineers take into account external conditions and use that information to determine how much cooling is needed to achieve the required conditions inside the stadium.

“With these localised stations we will be able to determine exactly what the temperature is and automatically control operation of cooling systems against the external conditions, year-round in Qatar as a legacy element,” the expert said.

"The beauty of our project is that we can collect the data from the three stations and then access it from a centralised system and see the comparisons of the three stations. This can also be then compared against what other national weather stations are reporting.”

SCDL said it has already used data collected from a small weather station to adjust the cooling system, during the operation of the Brazil 2014 Fan Zone at Katara Beach in Doha. 

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