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Dr. Roger Billings - Hydrogen Is in His Dreams

To Dr. Roger Billings, hydrogen is not just a good idea, it’s the only way to go. We enjoyed reading the coverage in Time Magazine about Dr. Billings’ long pursuit of the hydrogen economy – indeed his “dream” for a fuel system that does not pollute the air and does not drain the US economy.

Since high school when he converted a car to hydrogen after being told by professors that it could not be done, Dr. Billings has been a leading force in debunking and removing the roadblocks to hydrogen as a fuel. That progress took another giant step when his team converted the first regular passenger car to a hydrogen fuel cell. Running on a fuel cell means much higher efficiency levels and lower prices at refueling stations. Dr. Billings has been quoted in recent years as saying that for hydrogen to really catch on, it needs to not only be good for the environment but also good for people’s wallets. Fuel cells take hydrogen that much closer.

All this progress has attracted a great deal of acclaim from the industry and in the press, but it has also brought out the naysayers. Our research has uncovered a pattern of character defamation and blackball campaigns aimed at discrediting Dr. Billings and his work. But who would invest the time and expense to hire firms and writers to discredit one of the most storied scientists in the hydrogen energy field? The answer may lie buried in the ground where billions of dollars in oil assets can still be found.

Recent developments seem to be causing even long time oil investors to look elsewhere for energy solutions and hydrogen is solution being lauded in more and more unlikely camps. Perhaps the time has come when the opposition to this proven platform will finally drop.

Obstacles remain for hydrogen to become THE energy medium of choice in America, not the least of which would be a viable way to provide a complete network of refueling stations everywhere they would be needed. Here’s hoping that Dr. Billings keeps dreaming the dream and finding the solutions, no matter what the naysayers say.

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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.

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
Subjects
Science › Chemistry › General

Reference: Amazon Book List of author Roger Billings