Although renewable energy sources are not always associated with Qatar, a young local man is helping to promote solar energy on an international level and is committed to helping his country’s development towards an increasingly environmentally-aware future.
Hashim al-Sada may only be 26 years of age but he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his relatively few years. Having studied in Qatar, Canada and the UK, he almost fell into inventing before he realised that it represented his major passion in life.
Al-Sada explained to Gulf Times that his first invention, a groundbreaking portable solar powered energy source, came about as a result of the convergence of three different events in his life. “First of all, I needed a project for my final year of college; also, I go camping a lot in the desert and was experiencing problems keeping the tents supplied with power,” he said. “Thirdly, I saw a documentary on global warming and the future consequences that made me realise what a major issue it is.”
And so he began work on the project in 2006 and his efforts have brought him fame and could also have led to incredible fortune had he not turned down numerous offers with the hope of seeing his creation manufactured in Qatar.
His invention can provide energy to large camps of up to 50 tents and involves a solar-panelled carpet-like material which is stretched across the tent, providing the added benefit of reducing heat within.
After winning the gold medal at the World Exposition in Kuwait in 2008, it was clear that al-Sada’s work was really going places, and since then he has completed a second portable solar energy source which incorporates a new method of tracking the sun. Both of these inventions have been patented – representing two of very few patents to be registered by inventors from Qatar.
But that is not all. Al-Sada has also invented some 11 items to assist people with special needs, including one for deaf people which alerts them to various household occurrences of which they would otherwise remain unaware. His work in this field is inspired by a personal interest as al-Sada has three younger sisters with special needs. “I hope that by me doing some good for people with special needs, then hopefully God will also do some good for them.”
He is fiercely patriotic and his love for his country comes through in everything he does. Rejecting wealth and opportunities abroad is a result of his love for Qatar, and he truly hopes that he will one day receive the recognition here that he has gained abroad. “I hope to see the product manufactured in Qatar – I have rejected many offers of work from abroad because I want to stay in my country and I want this to be built here.”
Al-Sada has a patent request registered for his third project which, he claims, is going to be “much bigger and better” than his first two solar energy innovations.
source: Gulf Times
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