The most advanced machine in the history of mankind, thanks to which we can study the space surrounding us extremely precisely and discover the greatest mysteries of the Universe, will become environmentally friendly.
The Large Hadron Collider allowed our civilization to begin exploring the Universe in ways never before achieved. Unfortunately, these benefits are paid by the adverse impact of this machinery on the natural environment. The CERN center consumes unlimited energy during complex experiments. It is often as much as a large country needs.
Therefore, the authorities of the center decided to make the LHC more environment-friendly, according to the principle, let’s bake two birds with one stone. The project involves the use of huge amounts of energy not only on key physical experiments for humanity, but also their side effect to ensure a better life for thousands of inhabitants of Geneva.
The Large Hadron Collider has a special cooling system, assisted by water circulation. The liquid heats up during operation of the machine to 30 degrees Celsius. The resort authorities want to use some of the hot water and heat of air generated during the operation of other appliances and air conditioning systems to heat nearby houses. It’s about the Ferney-Voltaire region, where new housing estates are built for over 8,000 people.
Hot water from the LHC cooling system will be collected at point 8 and directed to the geothermal zone of urban development. Fig. CERN.
LHC will soon be expanded, and in the 20s it will be replaced by an even more powerful research device. The authorities are planning to gradually expand their ecological project to make the most of its potential and return the center to ecological tracks.
Recall that CERN plans to build a new particle accelerator called Future Circular Collider. It is to be 4 times bigger than LHC. Its length is to be as high as 100 kilometers, while the LHC has only 27 kilometers. The FCC will be ready in 2040, and the total construction cost is expected to amount to 11-23 billion dollars. The project is to take part Elon Musk with his company The Boring Company.