Int. J. of Technology Management   »   1987 Vol.2, No.3/4



Title: The impact of energy-intensive systems on the environment: A need for technology assessment by industry


Author: Dieter G. Altenpohl


Address: Professor for Technology, Saint Gall Business School, Switzerland; Visiting Professor for Materials Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA


Abstract: In this paper Professor Altenpohl discusses the impact of energy-intensive systems on the environment. He identifies three stages of technology in the development of energy intensive systems: technology that is now abandoned or obsolete; transition-technology that is dominant in all present-day energy-intensive systems; and future technology that consists of a completely redesigned optimized system that is characterized by the lowest possible energy consumption and near-zero pollution. Professor Altenpohl argues that industry, rather than governments or universities, is in the best position to carry out a technology assessment.


Keywords: energy-intensive systems; environment; energy consumption; pollution; transition technology; technology assessment; optimisation.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1987.026138


Int. J. of Technology Management, 1987 Vol.2, No.3/4, pp.417-421


Available online: 27 May 2009



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