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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free Energy for All?

By way of Slashdot: Steorn is an Irish company that made a big splash stating that they had a technology to produce free energy. They unblinkingly stated that their system produced more energy than was put into it. Here is how Steorn's technology (Orbo) works, according to them. Briefly:

Orbo is based upon time variant magnetic interactions, i.e. magnetic interactions whose efficiency varies as a function of transaction timeframes.

Not surprisingly, there were doubters, so about two years ago, Steorn engaged a jury of 22 scientists and engineers to determine the truth of their claims. Recently, the jury finished their research and voted unanimously against the claims, making this terse statement. In part:

...The unanimous verdict of the Jury is that Steorn's attempts to demonstrate the claim have not shown the production of energy. The jury is therefore ceasing work....

Nothing's easy. Steorn states now that new answers to the jury's questions have come to light. Steorn claims that they will start licensing the technology later in 2009.

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