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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is developing plans to shut down some of its particle accelerators during periods of peak demand, said Serge Claudet, head of the center's energy management commission.
CERN is also considering downtime of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest accelerator, if needed, Claudet said.
Located on the border between France and Switzerland, the collider, more than 26 km long, is one of France's largest consumers of electricity. At its peak, it consumes almost 200 megawatts of electricity, which is one-third more than the neighboring city of Geneva.
CERN's goal is to keep the collider running and avoid a sudden shutdown that could destroy equipment costing 4 .4 billion dollars.
The organization is discussing with the electricity supplier – French company EDF – scenario, so that at least a day's notice of the need to reduce energy consumption is given.
“This will allow not to turn off the Large Hadron Collider, but to stop the operation of other particle accelerators and reduce energy consumption by 25 percent,” – said Claude.
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