Monde Souterrain - Plateforme régionale d'innovation

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IMAGINE. INNOVATE. REUSE.

The Saumur region is honeycombed with thousands of kilometres of underground tunnels. 
Our objective is to transform and reuse this gigantic real estate reserve.

// Project 1

An underground data centre


For the digital world of tomorrow

Data centres are faced with major ecological and economic problems that could be overcome by the innovative solutions made possible by an underground location.

See project sheet
// Project 2

An energy reserve


For a low carbon economy

Exploiting the thermal properties of the underground world is a regional asset for developing efficient economic activities generating low CO2 emissions.

See project sheet
// Project 3

A new tourist area


To let your imagination run wild

As a source of inspiration for many fantasies, the underground world provides numerous opportunities for developing tourism in the region.

See project sheet

About us

A dynamic of cooperative projects working towards innovation

Created upon the initiative of the Pays de la Loire region, the Regional Innovation Platform of the Underground World is led by Fontevraud Abbey. It unites around the cooperative projects proposed by multiple local authorities, public research bodies, universities and businesses involved in the digital world, energy, agricultural production or the tertiary and industrial sectors.

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Learn more about the PRI

The Regional Innovation Platforms (PRI) are an initiative launched by the Pays de la Loire region with the aim of developing innovation in all economic sectors. 

MÉDIAS

Un aperçu des cheminements envisagés pour le projet de Loire à Vélo souterraine Art/craft workshops village in Turquant © S. Bonniol - Visuelles <p>Herpin cave in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> <p>Herpin cave in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> <p>Herpin cave in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> <p>Cave Herpin at Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> <p>The cathedral caves of Perrières at Doué-la-Fontaine </p>
<p>© S. Bonniol-Visuelles</p> <p>Ancienne Champignonnière de Souzay-Champigny</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / D. Darrault</p> <p>Ancienne champignonnière de Souzay-Champigny</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / D. Darrault</p> <p>Ancienne champignonnière du Bois d'Ortie à Turquant</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> <p>Ateliers souterrains de Souzay-Champigny</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / D. Darrault</p> <p>Ancienne Champignonnière de Souzay-Champigny</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / D. Darrault</p> <p>Ancienne champignonnière de Souzay-Champigny </p>
<p>© SOPRAF / D. Darrault</p> <p>Ancienne champignonnière du Bois d'Ortie à Turquant</p>
<p>© SOPRAF / David Darrault</p> en

Contact

To take part in the projects or for further information, please contact Pascal Dupuy / +33 (0)2 41 51 85 00 or use the form below: