Qatar 'cloud' plans seem pie in the sky
Published 26/03/2011 | 05:00
The FIFA executive committee have already been accused of living in the clouds after selecting Qatar as the host venue for the 2022 World Cup, but now scientists at the Qatar University claim to be able to make artificial 'clouds' to provide shade from the intense sun during matches.
Temperatures in the Gulf have led to concerns about conditions in the stadiums for fans and players after the host country insisted the event will go ahead during the height of summer.
Qatar have already planned to air condition their stadia, and now scientists have designed 'clouds' that will hover in the sky to block out the sun. These lightweight carbon structures will apparently be fuelled by solar powered engines, kept afloat by helium gas and controlled by remote control. It all sounds like pie in the sky.