Over the past academic year, 20 high school students from different schools in Qatar explored the engineering behind district cooling by participating in a program hosted by Texas A&M University at Qatar, a Qatar Foundation partner university, in collaboration with Qatar Cool.
During the program, Keeping Cool with Qatar Cool, the students gained insights on various topics including the physics behind pumps, heat transfer and heat exchangers, water and energy conservation, thermodynamics, refrigeration, water purification, and reverse osmosis. During each lesson, students worked on hands-on projects such as building water fountains, making swamp coolers, creating hydroponics systems, studying refrigeration components, and creating water filtration and purification systems with an economic analysis for their designs.
The students also visited the Qatar Cool plant, which helped the participants understand how district cooling works and the engineering behind it. The students researched solutions to clean or re-use the refrigerant gas within Qatar Cool plants or develop a more environmentally friendly method to discharge the gas into the atmosphere, as part of their final project.