cell boasts efficiency levels greater than those offered by the combustion engine. It can
be used in both mobile and stationary applications, can run on regenerative fuels and has
the potential to become the drive of the future," he said. The company intends to
invest around one billion dollars in the development of this drive between now and 2004.
opinion, the energy issue is one of the central challenges facing humanity, for the simple
reason that energy offers the chance of simultaneously providing the solution to other
problems. As examples, he cited water, adequate quantities of which can be produced by
desalination of sea water (but only through the input of energy), as well as hunger and
protection of the environment and the climate.
neutral observers, who have predicted a growing demand for fossil fuels in the coming
years, leading to continued increases in the price of oil. This would give rise to the
danger that energy could become a luxury item for the prosperous, deepening the division
between rich and poor in the world.
Schrempp called on
the roughly 3,300 participants at World Engineers Day in Hanover and on engineers around
the globe to organize themselves using the Internet. In this way, he said, they would be
able to work on securing future supplies of energy without regard to national boundaries.
In his speech, Schrempp also dealt extensively with the current discussion, particularly
in the U.S., on the dangers inherent in technological progress. One of the leading
promoters of this discussion is Bill Joy, chief engineer of the U.S. software company Sun
out that the estimation of future developments should not be conducted on the basis of
what will happen, but on the basis of what can happen. "The decisive factor is that
one is well prepared and able to react quickly to events," he said. He distanced
himself from the "two-camp theory" as represented by the dispute between
euphoric optimists and apocalyptic pessimists. Schrempp categorically pointed to the
ability of human beings and the ethically guided will of engineers to tackle the problems
of the coming decades in a manner that benefits human beings and the environment.