Although the competition has been moved from the summer to November and December, the average temperature during this time ranges between 25 - 29℃.
Energy 2050 says the district cooling technology is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than traditional 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.”
The project was made possible by an National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) award from the Qatar National Research Fund, a member of the Qatar Foundation.
- Energy 2050 is one of the UK’s largest energy research institutes. Based at the University of Sheffield, it focuses on energy innovation and knowledge exchange and brings together more than 120 academics, and 250 PhD students.