Mr. Scharmer has, since 1973, promoted development of renewable energy, especially in India and Egypt. His work has been concentrated on the application of renewable energy - especially solar, thermal, and biomass - to basic problems in developing countries.
Since 1983 Mr. Scharmer has promoted use of biomass from vegetable oil plants as fuel for engines, boilers and high protein feed for animals. The system has the potential to reduce desertification and atmospheric pollution. Recent work concentrates on the production and use of biomass and its impact on global C02 -balance.