Cooled helmets developed in Qatar attract global demand

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The solar-powered cooled helmet designed and developed in Qatar by Qatar University, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Aspire Zone has generated global interest since making the news earlier this year.

The innovative concept can reduce the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10C, it had been announced.

“There is a global demand, because there is a worldwide need for such technology,” said Dr Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani, professor at the College of Engineering at Qatar University, according to a report on the SC website.

“The safety of workers in hot climates is a priority in countries across the world, and it is very rewarding to see that the research we have conducted in Qatar together with the SC can fulfill a global need,” he explained.

Dr Abdul-Ghani revealed a company from Spain, specialised in kit for the protection of workers, and another from Holland have shown interest in the concept.

“Locally in Qatar a lot of companies have approached us, in the region as well as there was interest from the UAE in the oil and gas sector, where they were looking to combat heat stress for workers and wanted to make them work in safer conditions,” he said.

With the first batch of the helmets to be issued to workers this summer, the Professor who has taught at a number of prestigious UK-based universities sees the development as a tangible legacy of the tournament.

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“After our concept made the news in many different countries earlier this year, we’ve had contacts from all over the world. A construction company from South Korea got in touch, saying they were really interested and wanted to trial the helmet and give us their feedback. We’ve had companies in Egypt, India and Mexico reaching out to us.

“I believe this could revolutionise the industry globally, and change the way in which construction work in hot climates is conducted. This is already proving to be a legacy of 2022, because the impulse of the tournament is helping to drive innovation forward in the region,” he added.

Published on 10 March 2017

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