ZURICH, September 30 – Novosti. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will suspend the operation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) two weeks ahead of schedule amid a crisis in the energy market.
“In light of the current global crisis in energy supply and energy costs, and as part of its social responsibility, CERN will implement measures that will significantly reduce the laboratory’s energy consumption in 2022 and 2023,” the organization said in a statement.
It is reported that the annual technical shutdown of the LHC will start on November 28, two weeks earlier than originally planned, and in 2023 the operation of the accelerator complex will be reduced by 20%.
As CERN noted, energy saving plans were developed jointly with the French company Électricité de France (EDF).
“In addition, various measures are being developed to save energy on the CERN site. Among them are turning off street lighting at night, delaying the start of building heating by one week and optimizing its operation throughout the winter season,” the organization said.
CERN is the world’s largest laboratory for high energy physics. The Large Hadron Collider was created by the European Organization for Nuclear Research with the participation of physicists from many countries, including Russia . It is located on the border of Switzerland and France . With the help of the LHC, one of the most important discoveries of modern physics was made – the existence of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle responsible for the existence of mass in other particles, was proved.
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