Archive for May, 2013

from drrogerbillingscomHappy Memorial Day!

There is a new web site from Dr. Roger Billings that features a page about “Billings Energy”.  He touches on the need for low-cost hydrogen and a possible solution: natural gas conversion.  He makes an interesting case for why this is a good idea.

Could this be the catalyst that finally makes commonly available hydrogen a reality?  Time will tell but in our estimation the concept shows a lot of merit.

We will be watching his Hydrogen Now blog and this new web site for more news.  In the mean time, our research on the background technology and patents continues.

Hydride fuel systems developed by Roger Billings

The diagram above comes from Patent # US4016836, titled “Hydride fuel systems”, filed September 8, 1975. The patent covers supplying hydrogen gas to a combustion unit which includes a mixing unit for mixing hydrogen gas with air for introduction into the combustion unit, and an exhaust manifold for carrying exhaust gases from the combustion unit to heat the hydride material in the container and cause the hydride material to release hydrogen gas.

There is a old documentary video about this system published on this Roger Billings hydrogen technology page that is very illustrative of the advantages of hydrides (see last video link titled “Metal Hydrides”). It includes a tests showing charged hydride tanks in a fire and being shot with a military rifle.

The illustrations of Roger Billings’ 1991 fuel cell car show a similar system used for the hydrogen storage. This patent may give clues about the implementation.

H2 World View Cover - Roger BillingsIf you have followed Roger Billings’ hydrogen work at all then you are surely familiar with his 1991 book titled “The Hydrogen World View”.

In the book Roger Billings tells about his experience converting a number vehicles as well as an entire homestead to hydrogen.   It covers automotive & tractor conversions, hydrogen gas appliances, electrolysis, and hydrogen fuel cells to name a few.

Another area of note is metal hydride storage, a subject covered in some detail based from a practical stand point.  More coverage of this topic is planned in a future post.  As we continue to uncover information, a basic understanding of this written work will provide the reader with a good frame of reference and an overall synopsis of “known” information.

Bibliographic information

Title The Hydrogen World View
Author Roger E. Billings
Edition illustrated
Publisher American Academy of Science, 1991
ISBN 096316340X, 9780963163400
Length 175 pages
Science › Chemistry › General

Reference: Amazon Book List of author Roger Billings