Solar helmets developed in Qatar set to keep workers cool in summer

This post was originally published on 20 December 2016.

An innovative cooled helmet designed and developed by leading researchers in Qatar has the potential to significantly reduce the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10 degrees centigrade.

Safer and comfortable working conditions

According to researchers working on the new system at Qatar University, these helmets will allow for safer and more comfortable working conditions in the summer months.

The solar-powered helmet has been rigorously tested, patented worldwide and put through the production stage by a group of Doha-based scientists in cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Aspire Zone Foundation (Aspire).

More units have now been ordered with the objective to incorporate them for the coming summer period across SC projects.

“We were approached by the SC and Aspire with a challenge, and our objective was to reduce heat stress and heat strokes for workers in Qatar and the region during the summer months.

“This type of body-based cooling technology has been used before in US sports for training purposes in hot states, but we have now developed this innovative solution for the construction sector and we believe it has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry in hotter areas of the world,” said Dr Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani, Professor at the College of Engineering at Qatar University.

Features of the helmet

  • Solar-powered fan to blow air over a cooled material at the top of the helmet.
  • Provides a cooler micro-climate for the workers
  • Minimal increase in weight of just 300 grams a
  • Small solar panel attached to the helmet ensures that the new product is both safe and effective.

Advanced testing has already taken place on the cooled helmet and the developers have pointed to a number of regions where the technology could also be applied once it goes into mass production.

“This type of innovative cooling technology will be ideal for the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Mexico and the USA, all countries with hot climates where this technology can help reduce heatstroke and regulate body temperatures for construction workers significantly. Once we have finished development we can roll this out to the region and to other hot areas as part of the legacy of this tournament,” added Dr. Saud.

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