Random Steorn update (still no product though)

by Marc

steorn1_small.gifThis isn’t a news item particularly, it’s more of an “I haven’t looked at these guys for a while, what are they up to” sort of post. I guess one of the things we all do while bouncing around the interweb is make a mental note of interesting companies and products and check up on them occasionally.

No? Just me? Ah well. The subject of this update is a small Dublin based startup called steorn.

Steorn, in case you missed it last year, made a huge splash when they announced that they’d accidentally stumbled upon a way of making a device generate more power than was used to run it. This is called “violating the first law of thermodynamics”, “perpetual motion”, or “complete cobblers” depending on who you speak to. To say it’s a pretty big claim is an understatement – if true it pretty much rewrites the laws of physics as we know them. To do it accidentally is… well, you can see why people are skeptical!

So – what’s happened since they made this rather startling announcement?

Well – over the past year we’ve seen a very nice website appear. We’ve seen a fairly busy forum which seems to attract the usual complement of fanboys (“Steorn are going to change the world, it’s the end of Big Oil”) and detractors (“Steorn are a scam, they’ll disappear with the money”). We’ve had tantalising hints about the technology – magnets are where it’s all happening, apparently. (Funny thing – whenever someone mentions free energy, perpetual motion or anti gravity magnets always get the starring role)

They’ve chosen the scientists who will independently verify their claims and those tests are in progress.

Lastly, they’ve now named the technology “Orbo” and the big news is that there’ll be a public demonstration of it in London in July this year. What form that will take is yet to be disclosed. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with though, so watch this space!

This wikipedia entry pretty much sums up the story to date, for those who have never heard of them before.

8 reviews or comments

Brad Cobb Says: April 25, 2007 at 1:49 pm

It does not require a large effort to search and find there are a lot of different approaches to free-energy, and not all scientists take the narrow view that these devices defy known laws, rather the effects have been replicated and confirmed, and now conservative scientists have to deal with their angst in changing to keep current with findings counter to their “comfort-zone” belief systems.

Brad Cobb Says: April 25, 2007 at 1:55 pm

You can find video of inventions, papers, patents and other info on free-energy devices at the following website, this will enable you to have an informed opinion, make up your own mind and not have to take some scientists opinion who may be prejudgest or mis-informed as your only means for for making an informed decision concerning the free-energy question. http://panacea-bocaf.org/files/patrickkelly/Start.html

F.N.Goodall Says: June 20, 2007 at 6:15 am

Why has this taken so long to prove.Why is a panel of scientists required to judge this? Why if this is true do not steorn simply show in public a generator pumping power into the grid with no input?

John Says: July 4, 2007 at 7:29 am

Its most certainly not a perpetual motion machine, but I don’t see why some scientists are so closed-minded. Are they not interested in finding out why it works?, even if it is a gimmick. What if it just uses the earth’s gravity against itself? A good test would be to get NASA to bring a small version of the device on their next shuttle mission. If it acts differently or does not work it probably has something to do with earth’s gravitational pull.

Doc Rings Says: April 15, 2008 at 2:30 pm

What’s the latest… pretty much died on the vine…

Harvey Says: February 14, 2009 at 9:41 am

Breaking news:
Steorn announced today that they will help the world save energy by lowering the boiling point of water.
“It is a cutting edge idea, yet, so simple.” “We’ve walked on a bunch of physical laws already, what’s a couple more!”

Looking forward to the next Steorn faceplant. LOL.

Denny Says: November 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

Here it is November 2014 and still no update on the Steorn Orbo motor free energy motor. The latest info on the Orbo motor was back in 2010. Most of what you find online is from 2007 to 2009. What happened? Did they prove that the laws of thermodynamics are absolute, and the Orbo is just another hoax.

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