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Large Hadron Collider stops ahead of schedule

11/28/2022 - 09:16

Due to the possibility for energy shortages, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has halted functioning of the Large Hadron Collider ahead of schedule.

Its operations were supposed to be put to an end in two weeks. Additionally, CERN forewarned that a 20% reduction in the collider’s operation will take place in 2023.

At the end of September, the group made the collider shutdown announcement. The early shutdown of the collider was agreed upon with the electrical provider, the French business Electricite de France, according to CERN. In the upcoming months, it was decided to "cope with a likely decline in energy."

According to a press release from the organization, "CERN will implement measures that will dramatically cut the organization's energy use in 2022 and 2023 in light of the worldwide energy crisis and rising prices, and as part of its social responsibility." In particular, CERN began shutting off the street lights at night, put off turning on the heating for a week, and plans to "optimize" it all winter long.