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Lekhwiya’s new development becomes the first district to achieve GSAS 4 Stars sustainability rating

Lekhwiya Camp in Duhail has emerged as Qatar’s first sustainable district with GSAS 4 Stars rating.

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GSAS certification achieved by Kahramaa’s Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory

The Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory of the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation "Kahramaa" is one of the latest projects certified by GSAS.

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This project aims to develop cooling systems that can provide cost effective and sustainable cooling of large spaces in the built environment of hot countries including Qatar and other GCC countries.

The ambition of this project is develop solutions for cooling of large occupied spaces, powered by solar energy and implementable at acceptable capital cost. Typically applications will be where moderate levels of relief are required in hot climates; for example, cooling of sporting venues, such as football stadia, and cooling of semi-enclosed walkways connecting buildings. The solutions developed could be also used to reduce the latent heat load on conventional air conditioning systems in humid climates. Cooling of greenhouses for leisure spaces or crop production is another potential application. The latter would reduce food imports and strengthen national and regional food security.

We aim to show feasibility of systems delivering over 10 tons of cooling. The cooling systems will use solar energy and liquid desiccants derived from seawater.

This theory led to the design of a solar pond within the GORD Techno Hub site located in the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

Space cooling using solar energy and seawater desiccants

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