• Dr. Matjaž Knez

Switch to hydrogen or 100% electric vehicles - Interview with Prof. Dr. Tariq Muneer, Napier Univers

We talked to Professor Tariq Muneer BEng (Hons) MSc, PhD, CEng, FCIBSE, Millennium Fellow Professor Tariq Muneer, Professor of Energy Engineering at Napier University, Edinburgh. Professor currently chairs an active group engaged in research on ‘Sustainable Energy’ that includes ‘Sustainable Transport’. Professor Muneer is an international authority on the subject of solar energy and its use in buildings with over 35 years’ experience. He is the author of over 215 technical articles, most of which have been distilled in his research monographs. Professor Muneer is also a visiting professor for the period of 2013-2020 for the following two universities: University of Granada and University of Maribor, Slovenia.

1. What does sustainable mobility mean to you?

Across the globe and within the UK the transport sector produce a quarter of GHG emissions. It is of vital importance that we pay attention to how we can reduce that toxic loading of the planet.

2. How do you interpret sustainable mobility over the next 10 years?

I hope that within the coming decade electrification of transport, especially road transport will make serious inroads. It is also important that renewable energy (RE) is also increased at least 20 fold of the present capacity. This revolution has also now started – in Scotland the RE is generating twice the amount of energy that is consumed.

3. What is your priority: the distance travelled with one charge of this or that fuel or the purity of the emissions.

Purity of the emissions should be the highest priority as the planet is close to sinking.

4. What are some of the biggest deficiencies on roads or traffic? What solutions do you propose?

Two actions are needed: More and reliable charging points for electric and hydrogen vehicles + parking priority for those vehicles.

5. What technologies will most prosper in transportation? In cities and long distances?

Electric and hydrogen vehicles.

6. What is the place of hydrogen in these new technologies?

Hydrogen vehicles do have something to offer and will complement their electric counterparts.

7. When do you think we will see more vehicles using hydrogen technology on the roads?

In the next decade.

8. What means of transport do you use for personal transportation?

I have used 100% electric vehicle for the past six years.

9. Do you give us any advice on mobility?

Switch to hydrogen or 100% electric vehicles. Hybrids are NOT the solution as they have too much embodied energy.

10. Would you like to let us know more? Maybe what is on your mind but you haven't had a chance to tell yet?

Sure. Will report more information as it becomes available.


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