Underground Innovation: Baltic Sea Research Network Meets in Freiberg

The Underground Research Lab in Ruskeala. © bsuin
A new network of European research mines and underground laboratories met from 7 to 9 March in the Reiche Zeche research mine at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The aim of the project is to create a collaborative research portfolio for partners in the industry.

The four-year Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (BSUIN) project is funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of 3.4 million euro through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region funding cooperation. The BSUIN project has 14 members from eight countries bordering the Baltic Sea, including six underground laboratories and research facilities.

In Ruskeala. © bsuin“The six participating institutions are all at different levels of development, which is why the project needs such a long lead time,” explained David Horner, research associate at the Institute of Mining and Special Civil Engineering at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, who organized the meeting. In use now for over 100 years, the Reiche Zeche teaching and research mine in Freiberg has the best infrastructure and the highest degree of organization of the underground laboratories involved in the project. This facility is complemented by the Finnish Callio Lab, for example, which reaches depths of almost 1500 meters.

“The BSUIN project aims to develop an overarching platform to highlight the range of services and special features of each research facility while presenting a common profile to the world. The aim is to offer interested research partners a one-stop shop that provides optimized access to a wide range of research opportunities,” said Prof. Helmut Mischo, Scientific Director of the Reiche Zeche research and teaching mine and host of the event.

The following research laboratories are involved in the BSUIN project:

Callio Lab, Pyhäsalmi mine, Finland

 Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, Oskarshamn, Sweden

Reiche Zeche, TU Freiberg Forschungs- und Lehrbergwerk, Germany

KGHM Cuprum, Research Institute, Poland

Khlopin Institute, Underground Laboratory, Russia

Ruskeala, Karelian Research Center, Russia

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Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. David Horner, Institute of Mining and Special Civil Engineering, TU Freiberg, Tel.: +49 (0)3731 / 39-2150

Prof. Helmut Mischo, Chair for Underground Mining Methods, TU Freiberg, Tel.: +49 (0)3731 / 39-2044