Hello, Mr. Richter. Could you please briefly introduce yourself to our readers? Can you tell us something about your career so far?
Richter: The best place to start would be with my schooldays. My path was systematic, but not always the simplest one possible. That’s because I actually attended all of the school types we have. I went to a “Hauptschule” (lower secondary level), a “Realschule” (secondary level), and a “Gymnasium” (advanced secondary level), and finally I received my engineering diploma at a technical university. After completing a weekend study program in parallel to my job, I also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. I began my career as a development engineer, and worked on the fuel cell from the very start.
The title of your dissertation for the engineering diploma was “A Recycling Concept for the Fuel Cell.” How did you develop a fascination with this technology?
I was always interested in alternative drive systems that operate with zero emissions. Fuel cell technology in particular is still immature. In other words, there’s no library full of knowledge about it. Instead, we are starting out in uncharted territory with no cleared roads ahead of us. What we need in this field is lots of creativity. This inspires a very strong pioneering feeling in me. I’m keen to develop things that have never existed before.