International research group in Pyhäjärvi starting a new collaboration

Underground Laboratories as platforms for innovation and new businesses

The Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network  (BSUIN) project aims to develop the service offerings of Baltic Sea Region's (BSR) underground laboratories (UL) in order to develop capabilities to offer their infrastructures for business development and new innovation. Besides scientific research, the underground laboratories can provide unique environments for various businesses, such as developing technology for mining and tunnel construction equipment, radiation shielding systems or for testing of geophysical, radiation detection, and other measurement instruments. Underground Laboratories can be also sites for production, which is a new and growing field especially in the production of geothermal energy or facilitating food production.


Wider scope of services and improved accessibility

Currently the Baltic Sea ULs operate separately and their capacity to offer services to businesses is limited mostly to regional or national level. Also their service concepts and marketing activities have been targeted mainly just for scientific use. The purpose of BSUIN is to widen the service offerings of the ULs and to create a network of the Baltic Sea Region’s ULs including Callio Lab in Pyhäsalmi mine (Finland), Äspö Hard Rock laboratory (Sweden), FLB-Research and Education Mine "Reiche Zeche" (Germany), KGHM CUPRUM R&D Centre in Wroclaw (Poland), the UL of Khlopin Institute in St Petersburg (Russia), and Ruskeala marble mine in Karelia (Russia) to provide all users, including SMEs, an easy access to unique environments for business development and innovation.


Joint efforts and networking

As a main outcome of the project, the BSUIN consortium will create a sustainable network organization, which will disseminate the technical, marketing, operational quality, training and other information about the BSR ULs. The web based tools and the network organization are created such, that they will provide an open innovation platform for further quality development and innovation and sharing of the best practices.

The project has a total of 14 full partners (2 FI, 2 SE, 2 GE, 3 PL, 1 LT, 1 LV, 1 EE, 2 RU) and 15 associated organizations.


The BSUIN partners

University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, Finland

Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland

University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co, Sweden

KGHM Cuprum Research & Development Centre Ltd., Poland

TU Bergakademia Freiberg Technical University, Germany

German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany

Vilnius University, Lithuania

National Center for Nuclear Research, Poland

Baltic Scientific Instruments, Latvia

Karelian Research Center of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Joint stock company "Khlopin Radium Institute", Russia

Sotkamo Silver AB, Sweden

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


BSUIN Assosiated Organizations

The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physcis Polish Academy of Sciences

Rockplan Oy, Finland

Normet Oy, Finland

K+S GmbH, Germany

Kalmar regional Council, Sweden

Pyhäjärvi Municipality, Finland

DMT GmbH, Germany

M-Solutions Oy

Muon Solutions Oy, Finland

University of Tartu,Institute of Physics

Kolmas Karelia LLC  

Geological Institute of Karelia

Pyhäsalmi Mine Oy, Finland

University of Aarhus, Danmark

University of Oulu, Department of Architechture


Last updated: 26.9.2017