HI-TECH HATS DEFEAT HEAT
World Cup 2022 labourers in Qatar are to be given “cooling” hard hats which reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the fierce desert heat, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy announced.
The innovative technology uses a solar-powered fan to blow air over a cooled material at the top of the helmet, which will then come down over the front of the person's face and provide a cooler micro-climate for the worker, reducing the skin temperature by up to 10 º C. This could be rolled out by next summer, officials said, in time to address the summer temperature which often rises to 50 º C.
It has been rigorously tested, patented worldwide, and put through the production stage by scientists at Qatar University who have developed it in cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Aspire Zone Foundation. “We are confident that this technology will create more comfortable and safer working conditions,” said Dr Saud AbdulAziz Abdul Ghani, an engineering professor at Qatar University, where the hat was conceptualised and developed over two years. “Our objective was to reduce heat stress and heat strokes for workers in Qatar and the region during the summer.”