Interview 7

Who Did You Interview?

  • Environmental Engineering university professor

Demographics That Might Provide Helpful Context for Their Responses

  • Male
  • Late 50s
  • Involved in research revolving around renewable energy

Key Findings from the Interview

  • What is your stance when it comes to clean energy-run products?

He strongly supports any and all products that positively contribute to the well-being of the environment and help limit the consequences of climate change. He adds that simply purchasing the energy product isn't as important as understanding how sustainable it is in the long-run and if it was created and produced sustainably. Clean energy products usually have the goal of reducing carbon emissions by decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels, however he also supports such products to promote industrial development, as he explains that clean-energy products are still new to the market and they need all the support they can get, for them to hopefully become a trendy and widely used product.

  • After expressing your interest in products that contribute to reducing carbon emissions, what carbon capture technologies do you hope to see developed in the near future ?

He expresses his fascination when it comes to carbon capture technologies (CCT), he admits that most of these technologies are only being used large industries for complex processes such as ethanol production, fertilizer production, and natural gas processing. He hopes that the advancement of technology can lead to creating CCTs that can be residentially and commercially used in order to globally reduce these carbon emissions.

  • How much would you be willing to spend on such a carbon capture technology?

He couldn't put a precise number on the product, but he admits that it will definitely be an expensive product at first when it is introduced to the market, but as consumer use increases and technology advances, the product will definitely become more and more affordable. He gives an example of photovoltaic systems and how they were once a very expensive energy source, and yet fast forward a couple of years and they are now some of the cheapest sources! He wishes to see similar developments when it comes to carbon capture technologies.