Water to Hydrogen Fuel

* Sam Leach of Los Angeles developed a revolutionary hydrogen extraction process during the mid-1970s. This unit was said to easily extract free Hydrogen from water and yet be small enough for use in automobiles. In 1976 two independent labs in L.A. tested this generator with perfect results. Mr. M.J. Mirkin who began the Budget Car Rental System purchased rights for this device and hoped to develop it; against the usual ridicule of a number of scientists. Leach , who was very concerned about his security, was said to be greatly relieved by Mirkin’s aid.

* Roger Billings of Provo, Utah, headed a group of inventors who worked out efficient methods of converting ordinary automobiles to run on Hydrogen. Rather than relay on heavy cumbersome Hydrogen tanks, his corporation used metal alloys, called Hydrides, to store vast amounts of Hydrogen. When hot exhaust gases passed through these Hydride containers, it released the Hydrogen for use in the standard engines. Billings estimated that the price might run around $500 for the conversions; gas consumption would be greatly reduced. Because of the nature of this conversion, there even seemed to be favourable interest from various auto and petroleum interests in the mid-1970s.

* In Florence, Italy, an inventor used a special tube to divide water into Hydrogen and Oxygen without the usual electricity and chemical requirements (unconfirmed 1975 report.).

* Hydrogen is still not being used as a fuel for automobiles.



* Which supports and barriers were in play?

* What were the dynamics?

* Who, or what, won the Tug-of-War?

* Discuss the outcomes with your friends and family.

* Use Post #4 as a reference for the dynamics, and the relationships, between the supports and barriers.