Product development, data centres, training sessions and sports events – the underground laboratories can offer an exciting place for a wide range of events and business with an underground theme.
Test galleries for experimenting with products and services are only one of many activities that could be arranged in an underground laboratory.
Here are some examples of activities, events or business that can be located in an underground facility:
Business meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences
Musical concerts and theatre performances
Thematic events such as weddings, product marketing events, and underground nightclub parties
Daily/evening/night educational tours to explore all activities of the underground facility
Thematic activities such as underground hikes, orientation, paintball competitions, and shooting ranges
Sports events such as ice-skating
The underground laboratories can also serve as fertile soil for a wide range of different business activities.
Underground facilities, usually former mines, contain many vacant areas that can be transformed into business sites where testing and production is possible. Underground infrastructures have unique features such as stable temperatures, stable moisture content and safe locations.
As an example, below is a list of business activities that either have already occurred or are planned:
Particle and nuclear physics experiments and equipment development
Experiments and new technology development in geosciences
Implementing new technologies in microbiology
Mining or tunnelling equipment tests and product development
Digitalization of products and services, including autonomous machinery development, “virtual twin” design, sensor and VR/AR applications
Energy storage using pumped hydro energy
Use of geo-energy for heating terrestrial households and businesses
Aero-and hydroponic farming, mushroom production, or storing food or beverages
Establishment of data centres