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19-08-2006, 12:56   #1
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Steorn invent a 'free energy' machine

Steorn develops free energy technology and issues challenge to the global scientific community

London, 18th August 2006: Steorn, an Irish technology development company, has today issued a challenge to the global scientific community to test Steorn’s free energy technology and publish the findings.

Steorn’s technology is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy. The technology can be applied to virtually all devices requiring energy, from cellular phones to cars.

Steorn has placed an advertisement in The Economist this week to attract the attention of the world’s leading scientists working in the field of experimental physics. From all the scientists who accept Steorn’s challenge, twelve will be invited to take part in a rigorous testing exercise to prove that Steorn’s technology creates free energy. The results will be published worldwide.

Sean McCarthy, CEO of Steorn, commented: “During the years of its development, our technology has been validated by various independent scientists and engineers. We are now seeking twelve of the most qualified and most cynical from the world’s scientific community to form an independent jury, test the technology in independent laboratories and publish their findings.

“We are under no illusions that there will be a lot of cynicism out there about our proposition, as it currently challenges one of the basic principles of physics. However, the implications of our technology go far beyond scientific curiosity: addressing many urgent global needs including security of energy supply and zero emission energy production. In order for these benefits to be achieved, we need the public validation and endorsement of the scientific community”.

“We’re playing our part in making that happen by throwing down the gauntlet with today’s announcement – now it’s over to the scientists to ensure that the real potential and benefits of our technology can be realised.”

Following the validation process, Steorn intends to license its technology to organisations within the energy sector. It will allow use of its technology royalty-free for certain purposes including water and rural electrification projects in third world countries, details to be announced later

http://www.steorn.net/en/news.aspx?p=2&id=22

Original (now locked) thread in politics forum.
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...p?t=2054978349

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Though there is some speculation that this is a publicity stunt (the upcoming Bungie game HALO 3 is the current choice)
http://www.steorn.net/forum/comments...&page=1#Item_0

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20-08-2006, 01:56   #2
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I saw a story about it in the indo earlier. What rings alarm bells for me is that they say scientists *have* validated it, but aren't willing to publicly put their names to it for fear of ridicule. Surely anyone trying to properly ridicule it would have to get their hands on the device and either figure out how it works, or at least prove that it doesn't. Therefore anyone who has 'validated' it mustn't be all that confident about it. Still it would be a very, very nice thing to have if it does work.
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Aye, but if those who validated it put up their hands, we'd laugh at them anyway.

It would be nice if somehow someone figured out Tesla's little box, tho.
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It's another effort in the great tradition of Irish challenges to the Laws of Physics. This reminds me of the guy from the ESB who took on Einstein.

We'll just have to see how this plays out. At least the claim is testable and they are willing, on the face of it, to have it fairly tested.

I don't expect it to succeed but I'm willing to assume they are genuine in their belief that it works.
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400 Scientists apply to test the device.

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It seems like a publicity stunt.

http://www.steorn.net/frontpage/default.aspx

All publicity is good publicity supposedly, but when this blows up in their faces or fizzles out in inertness, more appropriately, the company must be dead in the water.
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Ha, they think they are good. I will SOON release a special pill that GUARANTEES a man can seduce and service 10 WOMEN IN THE SAME NIGHT!!
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Interview with CEO Sean McCarthy on the Last Word (Today FM)
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It's rapidshare so you have to click on free and wait 60 secs.
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Every couple of years there is a story like this, someone has found a way to produce more energy than they put in but they are not sure how it works, and everytime the result is due to a mistake in the measurements.

The fact that Steorn are doing such a weird promotional thing (sign up to evaluate our machine ... wtf? why not just pop down to a lab in Trinity with a couple of Physics lectures and turn the thing on), would lead one to believe that if it isn't in fact a viral marketing project for Halo 3 these guys probably know they are hanging by a thread of scientific credibility, even if they don't want to admit it.

Is it just a scam to get investors interested. Are these guys just nuts? Who knows, who cares?
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I remember seeing a picture of a float pump when I was in school, and being absolutely convinced that if you could get a watertight seal to allow the balls in at the bottom then it would work.

(the tank is full of water, and the spheres are buoyant)

It took me about a week to figure out why it won't work, which gave me a lot of satisfaction at the time. Now I guess google will tell you quickly why it won't work, but there's satisfaction to be had figuring it out for yourself.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wicknight
Every couple of years there is a story like this, someone has found a way to produce more energy than they put in but they are not sure how it works, and everytime the result is due to a mistake in the measurements.

The fact that Steorn are doing such a weird promotional thing (sign up to evaluate our machine ... wtf? why not just pop down to a lab in Trinity with a couple of Physics lectures and turn the thing on), would lead one to believe that if it isn't in fact a viral marketing project for Halo 3 these guys probably know they are hanging by a thread of scientific credibility, even if they don't want to admit it.

Is it just a scam to get investors interested. Are these guys just nuts? Who knows, who cares?
Exactly, whenever someone comes out with an amazing new theory which defies an accepted law of physics by announcing it in the media, daring the scientific community to challenge prove them wrong and using a variation on the “They called Galileo crazy” defence my BS sense goes into overdrive. Remember “Extraordinary Claims require extraordinary proofs” and it’s up to the people making the claims to provide the proofs!

On the other hand I do hope they are right, but I doubt it.
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Ahh - I think if they rerouted the plasma conduit it could supply power to both the shields AND life support
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*sigh*

There's a teeny tiny part of me that isn't going "Thats a load of crap!" We'll wait and see I suppose.
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They haven't actually said anything along the lines of 'we have a perpetual energy machine' though, have they.

I suspect it is something like trying to harvest environmental energy like wind etc., except in this case it's some changing magnetic environment, in some sort of specific situation which may prove to be too impractical to be useful. However they don't have enough resources to build a large scale prototype, so possibly this is why they are going down the publicity route.
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> They haven't actually said anything along the lines of 'we have a
> perpetual energy machine' though, have they.


No, they're wiser than that coz they know that they won't get a patent if they do call it a PMM, because patent offices will automatically reject the claim. What they've said (as far as I've read anyway, which isn't far), is that they've designed a device which produces more energy than it consumes, a bit like the cold fusion gadget from 1989, and I suspect it will have similar levels of success.
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