Clean Energy Systems' concept of "Power without Pollution" was initially developed by German rocket scientist Rudi Beichel. As a young man during World War II, Beichel was employed as an engineer for the German Army, where he assisted in the development of the German V-1 and V-2 rockets under the direction of Werner von Braun.
At the end of the war in 1945, Beichel immigrated to America as part of "Operation Paperclip" to work on the U.S. space program. He left the von Braun group in the early 1950s to advise the U.S. Army on liquid rocket propulsion and went on to have a successful career working as an engineer and consultant in the U.S. for over 40 years. Beichel was an employee of both the United States Army and Aerojet.
Beichel worked primarily on projects relating to liquid rocket propulsion, a subject on which he became an expert. During his employment at Aerojet, Beichel developed several concepts for NASA's main shuttle engine. It was his work on such projects for NASA that gave Beichel the idea for a terrestrial combustion system that could use oxygen and hydrogen to create power without pollution.
By 1993, Beichel had assembled an informal team of scientists, engineers, and businessmen who were committed to developing his idea. Beichel's goal was to lead his small team towards the incorporation of Clean Energy Systems (CES) and, ultimately, to revolutionize the power industry. Sadly, Beichel would never see the full realization of his ideas. A few years after the incorporation of CES, Rudi Beichel suffered a heart attack and died sitting at his computer, where he was diligently working on an advanced combustor concept.