Mole Solutions has constructed a development test site at Alconbury Weald Enterprise Park near Cambridge. The facility is for tests and trials to validate commercial and technical computer models and also to specifically demonstrate the operation of a MOLE BULK system aimed at replacing conveyor systems in quarry and mineral extraction applications. The facility has been part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board.
Phase I of the demonstrator comprises a track of 105 m and two full-size capsules to transport bulk material between the ends of the track. This project was part funded by an award from Innovate UK to develop a prototype freight pipeline system for bulk products: mining, aggregates, biomass, etc.