The large Hadron Collider will be… to heat the home

The large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a very important setting for the experiments in the study of elementary particles. But recently, researchers figured out how to extract from the TANK the maximum benefit. And with the search for dark matter , or in other experiments having nothing to do. The scope of installation is much more mundane. With its help, I want to heat nearby homes.

That will heat the Large Hadron Collider?

TANK will use the heat to heat homes in the new area called Zone d ‘ aménagement Concerte (ZAC). It is built near the Collider in the district of Ferney-Voltaire (France) and under the project, the district will have a separate geothermal power system. Recently, the heads of CERN (European organization for nuclear research) and the TANK has signed an agreement with the French authorities, whereby part of the warm water from the cooling system of the Large Hadron Collider will be assigned and provided to the municipality ZAC.

As the Large Hadron Collider will heat the house?

As stated by the heads of CERN, the LHC, there are many systems and installations, which are cooled with water. This cryogenic plants, various electronics, ventilation system and so on. The principle is very simple: cold water is injected into the cooling circuit and from the output water is then collected and cooled before again entered into the circuit. Warm water coming out of the circuit, can reach temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius, which is very useful in the context of energy use.

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It was therefore decided to use part of the hot water and redirect it to the parallel circuit which will supply the heating system of the new district. Of course, 30 degrees for full heating is not enough, but the presence of warm water will greatly reduce the cost of heating it. Thanks to the Collider will be heated to 8000 homes. Connection of an additional level TANK to the heating system of settlements has already begun.

CERN is tightly engaged in the construction of a path collection and delivery of warm water outside the TANK, says Serge Claude, head of the energy division of CERN. We plan to finish the construction as soon as possible. Initial testing of the network will be held in 2021. And the launch is scheduled for 2022.