I’ve talked about Roger Billings several times in the past and his pioneering work in hydrogen over the past 40 years. I’ve read his book, “The Hydrogen World View” which is an excellent read if you’ve not already done so.
So, Dr. Roger E. Billings has popped up on my radar once again, because I see that he had put up a new blog a couple of days ago and made a first post concerning how we can go forward with the practical commercialization of hydrogen.
According to Dr. Billings he had the $3 billion in financing he was looking for to put up a skeletal hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The only problem was that the financiers were foreign oil interests.
Besides helping to clean up the environment one of the other major reasons to go to hydrogen is for the sake of energy independence so that we don’t have to be reliant on Libya, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela or any other foreign nation for our energy needs.
So, Dr. Billings is looking for domestic financing including political will at this point. With the Obama Administration and the Secretary of Energy wanting to slash the federal hydrogen budget by 40-percent, this will be a tough row to hoe.
But the revolutions and unrest in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Croatia may give the President pause to get his paws off the hydrogen solution. If private financing can be found to get this H2 project off the ground, then commercialization will be around the next corner. How does this sound? Profound? 🙂