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TRUST aims at conducting CO2 injection experiments at scales large enough so that the output can be extrapolated at industrial scales. It relies on four sites: the heavily instrumented sites of Heletz (Israel, main site) and Hontomin (Spain), access Miranga (Brazil) and the emerging site in the Baltic Sea region. The objectives are to: carry out CO2 injection with different strategies, displaying characteristics representative of the large scale storage and with injection volumes that will produce extrapolable reservoir responses; Develop, use and implement characterization and MMV technologies for maximized safety and minimized risks, including real time visualization of the CO2 containment and detection of possible failures; Develop optimal injection strategies that maintain realistic figures of injectivity, and capacity while simultaneously optimizing the use of energy; Detect and mitigate CO2 leakage at an abandoned well; Produce comprehensive datasets for model verification and validation; Improve the predictive capacity and performance of computational models, as well as their capability to handle uncertainty and thermo-hydro-mechanical and chemical phenomena at different scales (at the scale of the experiments) and upscaling (extrapolation to industrial scale) simulations; Address critical non-scientific issues of public acceptance, community participation, communication, dissemination, liabilities and prepare templates for the preparation and application of injection licenses and communication with regulators; Establish on-site facilities for analysis of monitoring and measurement, providing training and capacity building; Address the risk assessment in a meaningful way; Prepare a platform for the exploitation of project findings and for knowledge and information sharing with planned, large scale, CCS projects. Allow open access to sites, and seek cooperation with large scale CO2 injection projects both at the European and International levels.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2010.1.2-1 | Award Amount: 10.45M | Year: 2011

In the frame of this project it is proposed to define and build a bi-modal PET-US (Positron Emission Tomography and Ultrasound) endoscopic probe combining in a miniaturized system a fully digital, 200ps time resolution Time of Flight PET detector head (TOF-PET) coupled to a commercial ultrasound (US) assisted biopsy endoscope and to launch the first steps of clinical validation. The project addresses and combines several objectives of the topics Health 2010.1.2-1, such as novel multimodality imaging tools, including a single photon (quantum) counting PET detector head for the purpose of identifying and quantifying morphologic and functional markers and of developing new biomarkers of tumoral processes at the preclinical and clinical levels. Moreover the endoscopic approach, combined with an unprecedented PET timing resolution will allow more sensitive, more precise, lower radiation dose and less invasive imaging and intervention on small internal structures and lesions.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN | Award Amount: 5.70M | Year: 2011

We propose to establish a special detector-training network aiming to extend the application of cutting-edge technologies developed in High Energy Physics (HEP) to other domains, such as medical imaging. A large number of detector techniques, developed for and used in particle physics experiments, has been transferred successfully to other fields. Most prominent are their applications in medicine, X-ray imaging, materials research, astrophysics and others. These technological spin-offs are of highest value for society and will be a focal point in this Network. Not only for positron emission tomography (PET), the Network will likewise respond to the need to develop new ultra-fast photo-detection for the future generation of linear colliders with unprecedented beam intensities. The Multi-Site Network, to be coordinated by CERN, would be an interdisciplinary, multi-national initiative whose main goal is to train young researchers in the domain of novel high-speed photo-detection instruments in HEP calorimetry and also to make use of photon time of flight (TOF) in PET, thus enabling us for the first time to considerably enhance image quality with instant benefits to patients and medical institutions. This multi-site ITN comprises 11 full partners, 7 in academia and 4 in the private sector, known world-wide in the fields of frontier detector technologies, photo detection techniques and novel scintillator production methods, as well as in the domain of semiconductor technology, medical instrumentation, image reconstruction and fusion, and surgical tracking and navigation. As such, the Network combines the necessary competence, expertise and infrastructure for top-level training of young researchers. It is foreseen to hire 18 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) plus 4 Experienced Researchers (ERs) and structure the training project into five principle research-oriented work packages, and three work package for management, training and outreach.

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