Belfast Telegraph

Irish firm's display of 'free-energy' machine delayed

By Gary Fennelly

Technology developed by an Irish company that allegedly defies the laws of physics to produce free power is to go on public display for the first time.

Dublin-based Steorn claims to have developed free energy technology called Orbo which could power everything from vehicles to mobile phones.

Steorn planned to show Orbo at an exhibition today at the Kinetica Museum in London. However this has been delayed due to "technical difficulties".  A statement on their website blames "intense heat from the camera lighting".

It is claimed the Orbo will perpetually spin in a clear polycarbonate wheel with absolutely no supply of external energy or power unit attached.

In August of last year the firm challenged the world's scientific community to give its verdict on technology in full page ad in the  Economist. They claim the device smashes the laws of physics by creating " free energy."

Steorn's chief executive, Sean McCarthy, insisted that scientists have looked at the invention and said that it works.

"What we have developed is a way to construct magnetic fields so that when you travel round the magnetic fields, starting and stopping at the same position, you have gained energy ," he said.

"The energy isn't being converted from any other source such as the energy within the magnet. It's literally created. Once the technology operates, it provides a constant stream of clean energy."

Steorn's chief executive, Sean McCarthy on YouTube

Mr McCarthy, who founded Steorn in 2000, said the company discovered the technology three years ago while looking at powering options for CCTV cameras.

He said: "During the years of its development, our technology has been validated by various independent scientists and engineers.

"We are under no illusions that there will be a lot of cynicism out there about our proposition. However, the implications go far beyond scientific curiosity: addressing many urgent global needs including security of energy supply and zero emission energy production".

Steorn said it plans to license its technology to organisations within the energy sector and will allow it to be used royalty- free for projects such as 'water and rural electrification'  in developing nations.

Dr Gleb Gribakin from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Queen's University Belfast dismisses the claims. He said: "For a physicist any claim of free energy is highly suspicious. The concept is close to that of perpetuum mobile (perpetual motion).

"It is a well known historical fact that numerous suggestions of perpetuum mobile always proved to be false."

Eric Berger, who writes a science web-log (blog) on the Houston Chronicle website, offers his own insight.

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He said: "Recall that Steorn is a former e-business company that saw its market vanish during the bust.

"It stands to reason that Steorn has re-tooled as a web marketing company, and is using the free energy promotion as a platform to show future clients how it can leverage print advertising and a slick website to promote their products and ideas. If so, it's a pretty brilliant strategy."

The company promises to stream live footage of the Orbo in operation from its website

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Your comments:

Perpetual Fountain’s have been around for a while… couldn’t you combine the concept of a perpetual fountain with the concept of a dam (turning flowing water into electricity)… to basically convert gravity into free electricity?
Richard McQuillen

It is nice to see that there are people that are prepared to challenge the scientific community. In my limited and basic experience in this field, the scientists are correct to question the terminology of “Free Energy”.

I agree that you can not create something out of nothing. In this case, as with many energy products, no consideration is given to the energy requirements in producing the equipment, i.e. magnets require significant energy to produce and do not last for ever!

However, I have also carried out experiments and had calculations checked by qualified mechanical engineers which show that more energy can be extracted from the equipment than input, as expected they are sceptical about questioning good old Einstein. But, once it is explained that Einstein is correct, and a little lateral thinking explained, they have begun to understand.

The unfortunate part to all this, is that whilst huge amounts of money are thrown in some of the strangest directions, something that could be surprisingly simple does not attract any funding. Challenging current thinking is what produced the Einsteins and Newtons of this world, and should be encouraged – unless you’re an oil company, of course.
Mark, MDN Developments

You may want to take a peek at our website: . We are a friendly competitor of Steorn. It will not surprise me if they show a working device in the near future. Our own units can be built both with and without moving parts. Cheers,
Mark Goldes
, Chairman & CEO, Magnetic Power Inc, California

If it works .... how long will it take until we use this technology as an energy source around the world?
Jaime Ochoa

The company Steorn does exist and they've been promoting this idea for around a year now. We'll see when they deliver or not as the case may be.

It will never happen. Let the Amazing Randi check it out.
F. Laythorpe

Beware the Irish are the greatest jokers in the world!
Jackie McCutcheon

Looks like a modern equivalent of a Bessler Wheel and most likley designed to meet the same purpose.

They put it together, did a few measurements and found that it kicked out more energy than it consumed. Problem is reputable physicists are unwilling to talk about "free energy" because such things are precluded by current understanding.
David Scott, Nova Scotia

I'd hang on to any shares in oil companies. The Law of Conservation of Energy still holds.

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