The construction of the World Cup Stadium in Qatar is scheduled to begin next year, although the host nation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup has many preliminary challenges to overcome considering the immense heat of the region. Besides developing a top notch world class stadium, engineers and construction workers in work pants need to build a stadium that is completely carbon neutral, as this formed part of their initial winning proposal to FIFA. Developing a green World Cup Station with an effective cooling system in a desert almost seems like an impossible task. However, engineers have already proposed a solution for carbon neutral air conditioning system for the 2020 World Cup Stadium.
Qatar engineers have had to consider that because FIFA World Cup takes place in summer in a desert region, air conditioning is an absolute must for both the players and the spectators. However, regular air conditioning is one of the most carbon emitting technologies especially when used on such a large scale. The World Cup Stadium developers have partnered with Arup Associates in London to create an air conditioning system that does not use fossil fuel and is thus carbon neutral. The demonstration World Cup Stadium model has a cooling system completely powered by solar energy. Between games the air conditioning system will store cooling in ice storage using similar cryogenic or phase change materials. When it is needed it can be effective for three or four hour time slots.
Even though the new technology is astonishing and is also a new concept- cooling a stadium in a desert is no easy feat- it was developed in a relatively short space of time, meeting its deadline. Incredibly, once the workers in their Scruffs boots have completed the construction of the World Cup Stadium in Qatar, the outside temperature can reach 48 degrees Celsius outside while the inside of the stadium maintains a cool climate of 22 degrees Celsius. In order to make the cooling of the World Cup Stadium even more effective a roof for the structure may be developed, although the final design still needs to be confirmed. When construction is completed (scheduled for 2015), the new green technology hopes to inspire other projects to take a more green stance to problem solving.