Billings Energy Corporation
Since winning the International Science Fair as a high school student in 1966, Dr. Billings and his associates have been involved in numerous hydrogen energy related research and development projects. Detailed technical information regarding many of these projects is available in the book "The Hydrogen World View," and in the other technical publications available on this site.
Global : Ideas : Bank - Fuel from water (hydrogen power)
A new fuel cell, patented as the Laser-Cell-TM, costing £2,000, has been developed by Dr Roger Billings (who invented the first home personal computer and double-sided floppy disk). When his fuel cell is plugged into the electric mains it extracts hydrogen from water over an eight hour period and stores the gas harmlessly in powdered metals, where it cannot explode or ignite. The fuel cell can then be switched into 'reverse' and turn the hydrogen into electricity to power the electric motor driving the car. Dr Billings' invention could have much wider applications, using hydrogen for home electrical needs and for trucks, buses, trains, boats, submarines and aircraft. The cell is a third the size of a Fiesta petrol engine and has no moving parts, nothing to service and a life of over 250,000 miles. 60 to 80 per cent of the hydrogen is turned into electricity, compared with the fuel-to-power ratio of a petrol engine of 30 per cent.