Energy Economics is a short term program offered Spring semester at Bentley University. Course requirements are EC 111, EC 112/currently taking 112 or Instructor permission. The course consists of 7 weeks of classes and a 10 day educational/cultural tour of France during Spring break, March 14 thru the 23rd. While in France, we will tour a number of nuclear and alternative energy facilities. Eighty percent of France's electricity is produced by nuclear power and 12% by hydroelectric including a tidal hydroelectric plant. In addition, 90% of the spent nuclear fuel is re-cycled. The course will cover the various types of energy production in addition to current issues including fracking, nuclear safety, the environment and Keystone/Alaska pipeline. The following represents a day-to-day itinerary.
Leave Logan airport and travel to Europe where we take a connecting flight to Marseilles.
Sunday Day 2 Arrive in Marseille
After a red eye we arrive in Marseilles where we take a coach bus to Aix en Provence. Aix is a beautiful Renaissance college town with Gothic architecture, outside cafes and friendly people. Saturday is a free day and we have a group dinner at night. Look closely at the picture of the building to the lower right .... the balconies and people on them are painted.
Sunday Day 2
The morning is free. The afternoon involves a tour of two different wineries. The emphasis is educational where we will visit two wineries, one that uses new production techniques (including energy from a nearby photovoltaic array) and an old school winery using older methods and equipment. Travel is by bus and lunch will be at one of the wineries. After we return to Aix, dinner and the evening are on your own.
Monday Day 3
Travel to Cadarache by bus where we tour the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. This is a fusion reactor that is being jointly constructed by the European Union, the United States and 5 other countries. It is expected to be fully operational by 2020 where it will produce energy by a fusion reaction, the same type that occurs in the sun. There is a highly informative power point presentation by one of the physicists. After the presentation, we travel to the seaport of Marseilles we we have lunch, a tour and free time. The evening is back at Aix and there are no planned nightly activities
Tuesday Day 4
We'll be leaving Aix and traveling by bus to Tricastin Nuclear facility where we are once again given a power point presentation and a tour of the generator plant. There are 4 containment buildings in addition to a small wind generation farm at this location. We then travel to Lyons and have and afternoon tour of the city.
Roman Amphitheater at Lyon
Night time at Lyon(below).
Wednesday Day 5
Travel to Bugey by bus where we hope to tour the interior of a nuclear containment building that is being decommissioned.
Thursday Day 6
We are planning to travel either to a hydro electric plant or alternative energy facility. This is still in the planning stages. After lunch, we travel to Paris by high speed train and the rest of the evening is on our own.
Friday Day 7
We will have a meeting with OECD and/or the French Nuclear Safety Authority. We will then have a bus tour of Paris and the evening is free.
Saturday Day 8
Plan on sleeping late. There will be an optional planned event to the Palace of Versailles by Metro and a going away dinner at night
Sunday Day 9
Travel back to Boston from DeGaulle airport with the memories of a life time.
EC 3900 NORTH to ALASKA ( Pending)
Day 1 Travel to Anchorage
Plane trip to Anchorage with one stop. After arriving, we will take a bus to the hotel and then have a group dinner.
Day 2 Travel to Cordova
The day starts with a bus trip down the Kenai Peninsula, thru the Whittier tunnel to Whittier. We then board a high speed Ferry through Price William Sound to Cordova. During the trip we will go thru a small ice berg field, view glaciers, pass by where the Exxon Valdez sank on Bligh reef and see various sea mammals such as whales and sea otters. Cordova is a quaint Alaskan town that is accessible by Ferry, Route 10 (mostly dirt), or overland trek during the summer (good luck in the winter). We will be staying at a bed and breakfast and have an optional hike into the surrounding area. During late May, we're looking at 20 hours of daylight and 4 hours of twilight.
Day 3 Cordova
We will meet with the head of the Oil Spill Research institute and some "old timers" who took part in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez. During the afternoon, we'll be taking a Ferry to Valdez
Day 4 Valdez
Valdez is the northernmost ice free port in the Pacific Ocean. It is a natural fjord with a depth of 800 feet. It is also the extreme skiing center of the world since it experiences 300-500 inches of snow every winter. It's said there are two seasons in Alaska, winter and July and this is evident in Valdez.
Day 5 Bus trip to Fairbanks from Valdez
OMG, an eight hour bus trip. You can't be serious! (please excuse my John McEnroe moment). This will be the best 8 hours of travel of your life with non stop views. We will see, glaciers, waterfalls of glacial run offs, the Alaskan pipeline, eagles, moose, bear (no lions and tigers), caribou, reindeer, scenic vistas of Alaskan mountain ranges, numerous people panning for gold, small gold dredging operations and getting up close and personal to the Alaskan pipeline We will stop a number of times for pictures and close up viewing inspections of the pipeline. The pipeline is 4 feet in diameter, 5/8 inch thick and is surrounded by 4 inches of insulation. It takes 5-7 days for the oil to make the 800 mile trip from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez and it is currently pumping 600,000 gallons/day, down from 2.2 million gallons/day in the 1980's. Half of the pipeline is underground and half above because of the permafrost.
Day 6 Fairbanks
Fairbanks has a temperature range from 50 to 60 degrees below zero in the winter to 95 degrees in the summer. During the winter, they average 30 40 power outages; at 50 below, pipes in homes start to freeze in 10-20 minutes. The city has back up generators that take 10-15 minutes to start. During that time, they have BESS, Battery Energy Storage System. It is called the worlds largest battery. It is a 10,000 square foot warehouse that can provide power to the city for up to 10 minutes. We will tour that in the morning and tentatively meet with A prof from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to review their various energy projects.
Day 7 Fairbanks
The day will include trips to the Fort Knox Gold Mine and Gold Dredge #8. We will also get a tour of the pipeline and pan for gold. The day will focus on the environmental effects of energy capture and usage. The picture below left is a simulated PIG, Pipeline Inspection Gauge. As the oil flows thru the pipeline, there is a build up of parrifin that is periodically cleaned by the gauge.
Day 8 travel to Denali Park
This is in the planning stages. We will travel to Denali National Park via train or bus and stay at the Grande Denali hotel (be prepared for luxury and unbelievable vistas). Below are views from the Grand Denali deck
Day 9 Travel to Anchorage
This will be either by train or bus and once again offers great views.
The pictures below are from the trip from Denali to Anchorage. Mount McKinley (also called Denali) is can be seen only 30% of the time due to weather so we were lucky to catch a good day. The middle picture is of the Igloo hotel that was never occupied. After construction, it didn't pass fire codes and instead of making the changes, the owner walked away from the project and as usual, moose abound.
Day 10 Travel Home
Trips like these just don't get any better, unless of course you go to France.
APPLICATION Cut and paste to a word document and bring it to John Tommasi at AAC 122
BENTLEY UNDERGRADUATE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS
EC 3900 IN ALASKA
APPLICATION FORM APPLICATION DEADLINE: Dec 15, 2013
I. Your application will be considered after all required materials have been submitted.
II. Please use the following checklist as a guideline for submitting a completed application request.
III. Submit completed applications directly to the professor of the course.
No Have you ever been subject to disciplinary action that resulted in expulsion, suspension, probation or academic warning? If yes, please explain.
I certify that the information submitted on this application is correct, and I agree to provide updates as necessary.
I certify that, as of the date of this application, I am in good academic standing and no judicial or disciplinary action is pending against me. I agree to notify Bentley University if my status changes. I authorize Bentley University to release my application and other records to the cooperating institution(s) and program officials overseas. I understand that there is an additional fee included in this course, due upon receipt of my Bentley University bill and to be paid in full before the start of the program. I also understand that I must participate in any pre-departure orientation or classes as well as participate in all scheduled events abroad. I understand that my participation is a required part of the course.
Neither Bentley University nor any of its employees, nor any other person, parties, organizations or agencies collaborating with them, is or shall be responsible or liable for injury, loss, damage, deviation, delay or curtailment, however caused, or the consequences thereof, which may occur during any of the travel or programs. Bentley University reserves the right to cancel, alter or amend any part of the program or to increase fees should unforeseen circumstances make this advisable.
I understand that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, affords students the right to authorize the release of education information to third parties. I also understand that studying aboard may involve circumstances which require the institution to release certain information to third parties, but for which it may be difficult to obtain my prior written permission. For these reason, I herewith authorize Bentley University officials to release my education information to parties who, in their judgment, have an interest in the study abroad referred to in this document provided that those officials, in their judgment, are acting in my interests as well. This authorization is valid from the time I submit this signed document to Bentley University through the completion of my Faculty-led Program.
If accepted into the program, I authorize Bentley University to release my name and photograph to be used for Bentley University publications and we site. The university may also release my name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to current and prospective program participants who wish to correspond with me.
I both understand the costs associated with this program and have discussed this with my parents. I also understand that I cannot withdraw from this course once accepted and deposited. I have read over the attached contract and understand it fully.
Program Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
Program Dates: ______________________________________________________________________________
By this contract, I agree to participate in the aforementioned DomesticProgram sponsored by Bentley University. I also certify the following:
1. I understand that the program fee includes: tuition, airfare, lodging in reasonable accommodations, meals as indicated, transport to/from destination airport, some local transportation, orientation, and on-site visits and lectures. I understand that additional expenses, not covered in the fee, include: personal expenses, some meals.
2. I understand that the complete application (see checklist) and $500 deposit are due by Dec 15, 2015 and the deposit is non-refundable. If I withdraw anytime after submitting this application and deposit, I will be held responsible for the deposit and all unrecoverable costs incurred due to my withdrawal. By submitting this application and deposit, I am committing to participate in the program if accepted.
3. I understand that Bentley will purchase a round-trip group flight for specified dates only and that I must travel with the group to the host site.
As a student of Bentley University and participant in the aforementioned Domestic Program, I understand that I am subject to the laws and regulations of the host region. If I am required to withdraw for failure to maintain proper standards of study or behavior according to Waiver of Liability and Release Agreement, I understand I may be dismissed from the course without refund.
My signature on this document indicates that I have read and understood these requirements and that I agree to comply with its terms.
The undersigned Participant hereby requests permission to enroll in the following program (the "Academic Program"), which is being offered by Bentley University (the "Institution"):
Program Dates: _____________________________to _______________________
Program Name: ______________________________________________________
Program Location: ____________________________________________________
In connection with, as a condition to and in consideration of the Participant's enrollment and/or participation in the Academic Program, the undersigned Participant, and if applicable the undersigned Parent or Guardian of the Participant, hereby agree(s) with the Institution as follows:
[AS USED BELOW, THE TERM "UNDERSIGNED" REFERS TO THE PARTICIPANT AND, IF THIS
AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED TO BE SIGNED BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN, TO SUCH PARENT OR GUARDIAN.]
Assumption of Risk; Waiver of Institution Liability.
The Undersigned understand(s) that there are certain dangers, hazards and risks inherent in participating in the Academic Program, including, without limitation, risks related to travel and personal safety, risks of minor, serious or mortal personal injury and risks of property damage. The Undersigned hereby agree(s) that the Participant shall assume all risks inherent in, arising from or related to the Participant's participation in the Academic Program and that the Institution shall not be responsible for any such risks.
The Undersigned hereby represent(s), warrant(s) and covenant(s) to the Institution as follows:
Acceptable Conduct by Participant.
During the term of the Academic Program, which includes travel to and from the Academic Program (the "Term"), the Participant will act in a responsible manner and will abide by the rules and regulations imposed by the Institution at all times, whether the Participant is participating in a formal Academic Program activity or not.
Participant's Health; Health Insurance Coverage.
In anticipation of the Participant's enrollment in the Academic Program, the Participant has consulted with a medical doctor with regard to the Participant's medical condition. The Participant has no physical or mental condition or problem which precludes, restricts or recommends against the Participant's enrollment and participation in the Academic Program. The Participant has, and will have, health insurance coverage in full force and effect that is adequate to meet any and all of the Participant's requirements during the Term. The Participant shall be solely responsible for any hospitalization, medical treatment and medication required by the Participant during the Term.
Compliance with Laws.
The Participant agrees to abide by all laws, rules and regulations of the country or countries in which the Academic Program takes place.
The Undersigned further understand(s) that the Participant shall be solely responsible for all of the foregoing and that the Institution in no way represents or acts as agent for the transportation carriers, hotels and other persons or entities providing accommodations or services in connection with the Academic Program,; nor are such transportation carriers, hotels or other persons or entities that provide accommodations or services in connection with the Academic Program the agents of the Institution.
Waiver of Institution Responsibility.
The Undersigned understand(s) and agree(s) that the Institution and its governing board, officers, attorneys, agents and employees, servants and/or representatives are not responsible or liable for any of the following in connection with the Academic Program:
any injury, damage, accident, delay, loss, cost or expense which may result from or be caused by the negligence or default of any company or person engaged in providing or performing services in connection with the Academic Program;
any loss, destruction or theft of or damage to the Participant's personal property;
any injury, damage, accident, delay, loss, cost or expense which may result from or be caused by acts of God, acts of third parties, failure to act by third parties, the regulations or laws of any government, war, civil commotion, hostilities, natural disasters, weather, illness, strikes or other similar causes beyond the Institution's control;
any injury, damage, accident, delay, loss, cost or expense which may result from or be caused by the Participant becoming separated from the other participants in the Academic Program, failing to meet a departing means of transportation or becoming sick or injured;
any delay in or disruption of travel arrangements and any consequential damages related thereto;
any arrangements for or injury, damage, loss, cost or expense of hospitalization and medical treatment of and medication for the Participant; and
any legal problems that the Participant may have or incur, including, without limitation, problems with foreign nationals and foreign governments, and any injury, damage, loss, cost or expense arising out of or related to such legal problems.
The Institution's Rights and Powers.
The Undersigned acknowledge(s) and understand(s) that the Institution has the following rights and powers:
The right to cancel without penalty the offering and conduct of the Academic Program;
The right to cancel any portion of the Academic Program and to make such alterations, deletions or modifications in the itinerary or the Academic Program as the Institution or its agents may deem necessary, advisable or desirable.
The right to terminate the Participant's right to participate in the Academic Program in the event that the Participant breaches any of the covenants set forth in this Agreement or fails to abide by the rules and regulations applicable to the Academic Program.
Release of the Institution.
Knowing the dangers, hazards, and risks of such activities, and in consideration of being permitted to enroll and/or participate in the Academic Program, the Undersigned, on behalf of the Undersigned, the Participant's heirs, personal representative(s), assigns and anyone else claiming by, through or under the Participant, hereby waive(s), release(s), remise(s) and forever discharge(s) the Institution, its governing board, officers, agents, attorneys, employees, servants and representatives, and their respective successors and assigns (collectively, the "Releasees"), of, from, with respect to and against any and all liability for loss, harm, injury, damage, claims, demands, actions, causes of action, costs and expenses of any nature whatsoever both in law and in equity (collectively, "Claims"), which the Undersigned may have or which may hereafter accrue to the Undersigned, arising out of, related to or resulting from the Participant's enrollment and/or participation in the Academic Program, including, but not limited to, Claims related to personal injury, death or damage to property, whether caused by the negligence, omission or carelessness of the Releasees, or otherwise.
Covenant Not to Sue.
The Undersigned, on behalf of the Undersigned, the Participants, heirs, personal representatives, assigns and anyone else claiming by, through or under the Participant agrees that he and/or they shall not file any claim, complaint, charge or lawsuit against the Institution and/or its governing board, officers, attorneys, agents, employees, servants and/or representatives for any matter, claim or incident known or unknown which occurs or arises out of or in any way connected with, resulting from or related to the Participants’ enrollment and/or participation in the Academic Program including, but not limited to, claims (as defined in the preceding paragraph) related to personal injury, death or damage to property, whether caused by negligence, omission or carelessness of the Releasees (as defined in the preceding paragraph), or otherwise.
It is the express intent of the Undersigned that this Agreement shall bind the Undersigned and the Participant's family, estate, heirs, administrators, personal representatives or assigns, and the Undersigned agree(s) to indemnify, defend and hold harmless each of the Releasees from and against any Claim by any such person arising out of or related to the Participant's participation in the Academic Program.
Governing Law; Forum; Severability.
The Undersigned agree(s) that this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to the conflict of laws provisions thereof, and that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be the forum for any lawsuits filed under or incident to this Agreement or the Academic Program. The terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be severable, such that if a court of competent jurisdiction holds any term to be illegal, unenforceable, or in conflict with any law governing this Agreement the validity of the remaining portions shall not be affected thereby, and each and every term and condition of this Agreement shall be valid and enforced to the fullest extent and in the broadest application permitted by law.
In executing this Waiver of Liability and Release Agreement, the Undersigned acknowledge(s) and represent(s) that the Undersigned fully understand(s) the content and impact of the provisions hereof and that the execution hereof is the Undersigned's free act and deed.
READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. IT IS A LEGALLY
BINDING AGREEMENT WHICH INCLUDES A RELEASE OF LEGAL RIGHTS.