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Steorn CEO, Sean McCarthy, demonstrates the e-Orbo technology during their historic "Proving Over-Unity" demonstration at the Waterways Centre in Dublin, Ireland on Jan. 30, 2010.
Steorn CEO, Sean McCarthy, demonstrates the e-Orbo technology during their historic "Proving Over-Unity" demonstration at the Waterways Centre in Dublin, Ireland on Jan. 30, 2010.

Steorn, of Dublin Ireland, claims to have discovered a technology that produces "free energy" that could transform the renewable energy sector, providing clean, continuous, reliable, safe, affordable energy for the world. They have essentially two iterations of the effect: an all-magnet motor technology as well as an elecromagnetic overunity technology.

As of Feb. 1, 2010, they have presented their evidence and are now turning the technology over to developers under license through the Steorn Knowledge Database (SKDB) to prepare the technology for the myriad of applications.

Contents

About

Official Websites


Brief History of Steorn's Free Energy Pursuit

Device built to characterize the Steorn magnet motor concept, which proves more energy output than is put into the system.  (K-Toy Video; Aug. 30, 2007)
Device built to characterize the Steorn magnet motor concept, which proves more energy output than is put into the system. (K-Toy Video; Aug. 30, 2007)

For many years Steorn has developed technology to help combat counterfeiting and fraud in the plastic card and optical disc industries.

In 2003 Steorn undertook a project to develop more efficient micro generators. Early into this project the company developed certain generator configurations that appeared to be over 100% efficient. Further investigation and development has led to the company's present all-magnet motor technology which allegedly produces free energy. The technology is patent pending.

On July 4, 2007, Steorn ran a widely publicized demo of their free energy prototype at the Kinetica Museum in London, promised to be streamed live around the world; but it opened with the device not working, spurring the skepticism. [1]

On Dec. 17, 2008, Steorn was going to launch a programme of talks, starting in Dublin, involving a sequence of presentations in universities around the world, including the US/Europe and the Middle East. "Our 'talk' initiative is designed to give people within the technology development community an opportunity to understand the Orbo proposition and ask questions in a direct, face-to-face format."

On Feb. 4, 2009, they lifted the curtain once again, this time soliciting teams of engineers and commercial interests to become part of a developer group who will take a working principle and build embodiments which can then be implemented through license. [2]

On June 21, 2009, the Jury selected in 2006 to review the Steorn technology issued the verdict reached by the end of 2008, namely that the technology does not result in energy gain. However, Steorn remains optimistic that they will have a production model ready by the end of 2009. [3]

On Dec. 15, 2009, Steorn launched a public demonstration of their e-Orbo, electromagnetic overunity, self-looping system. [4] [5]

On Jan. 30, 2010, Steorn gave a live demonstration summarized the findings of 1) no back EMF, 2) no component degradation (e.g. Gauss diminishing) to produce the effect, and 3) inductance gain (energy being harvested from somewhere). With this final demonstration, the technology is now being released to developers to prepare the technology for market. [6]

Many comments originally posted on this page have been moved to the discussion page corresponding to this page.

Videos

Test Results of the Orbo Solid State Development Unit

  • Electromagnetic > Solid State > Steorn >
    Test Results of the Orbo Solid State Development Unit - On Sept. 25, two electronics engineers and a physicist tested Steorn's solid state (no moving parts) electromagnetic devices, and attest to observing over 200% efficiency. "Orbo uses time-variant magnetic interactions to produce non-conservative energy results." (YouTube / SteornOfficial; Sept. 29, 2010)

Proving Overunity: Part 1 of 2

  • "Steorn's final pre-launch demonstration of its Orbo technology, Proving Overunity. Join the SKDB to develop your own Orbo technology applications." (YouTube by SteornOfficial; Feb. 1, 2010)

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Proving Overunity: Part 2 of 2

  • (YouTube by SteornOfficial; Feb. 1, 2010)

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Steorn Talk Dec. 12, 2009

  • The first of a series of talks explaining Orbo technology. (YouTube; by SteornOfficial; December 19, 2009)

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The first part of this one overlaps some with the above video.

  • 19/12/2009 Steorn first Live Broadcast or part of it LOL. Tried to capture this, but had big problems due to delays and visitors grrrrrrrr. This is most of it though. (YouTube; by Seacrhing; December 19, 2009) (Thanks CLaNZeR)

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Steorn Orbo Technology Launch 2009

Posted Dec. 15, 2009.

  • "Steorn launch Orbo technology at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre" (YouTube; December 15, 2009)

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Engineers' View

This is the first video published by Steorn at YouTube.

  • "http://www.steorn.com/orbo/ Three independent engineers discuss the potential of Orbo technology. Sean McCarthy, CEO of Steorn, on the plans to release Orbo technology to developers this year. Originally published at Steorn.com in February 2009." (YouTube; December 10, 2009)

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McCarthy on PrimeTime

(11.33 Minutes)

  • Sean McCarthy, CoE of Steorn on TV Excerpts from PrimeTime, Google video, 11.33 minutes, Jan. 15, 2009. (YouTube; January 16, 2009)

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K-Toy Video

This video features Thieu Knapen, founder of Kinetron, referring to a gizmo he built to characterize Steorn's invention concept, to document whether or not it produced more energy out than was put in; and his surprize that it does work -- something he did not think was possible. He now is apparently involved in developing the technology to market. See his website: http://www.kinetron.nl/

Audio and parts of the video have been available since the beginning of this year, but this is the first time non-insiders get to see the full video.

On Sept. 1, 2007, an anonymous source wrote:

"The cat is out of the bag now, so I can freely point to the firm Kinetron as a partner of Steorn. It is K that makes the devices - S only designs them. In the video Knapen of K says he already, in the rig he constructed at Kinetron, was getting 25% and it was just the beginning - that was nearly a year ago. The problem was then it was the stop-start machine as seen in the video. It was found that continuous motion could also give a gain and would be simpler to build and maintain. They are seeking to perfect continuous motion as they want to run with that. After all - Kinetron is a supplier to Swatch and other giants. It is well known in the industry."

See K-Toy Video Discovered - Background and comments. (FreeEnergyTracker; August 30, 2007)

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How Free Energy Works

(6:55 minutes)

  • How Free Energy Works - Steorn has developed all-magnet motor technology which produces free energy. The company's CEO, Sean McCarthy, has explained his theory and how it works. (YouTube; September 13, 2006)

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Steorn Orbo music video

Shows various jigs for testing the phenomena.

  • A short music video made up from youtube clips of Steorn (YouTube by Eltimple; January 17, 2009)

Other Videos

http://www.nextenergynews.com/freeenergy/freeenergy1.html

http://www.nextenergynews.com/freeenergy/freeenergy6.html

MAY 9TH 2007 - portions of Steorn lecture at university college of dublin, may 4th 2007!

  • Steorn Part 1 - michaeldoyle - 9 min - May 8, 2007 - Lecture on Steorn's perpetual motion machine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9nYyypgNWc

  • Steorn Part 2 - michaeldoyle - 9 min - May 8, 2007 - Lecture on Steorn's perpetual motion machine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7kKuSHjBbY

  • Steorn Part 3 - michaeldoyle - 9 min - May 8, 2007 - Academic response to Steorn's perpetual motion machine claims.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vwj0A0TWr4

  • Steorn Part 4 - michaeldoyle - 3 min - May 8, 2007 - Academic response to Steorn's perpetual motion machine claims

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ7JhlEoL-w

  • Steorn Part 5 - michaeldoyle - 8 min - May 8, 2007 - Q&A session with Steorn CEO Sean McCarthy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhMc3Xr6htM

Independent Verification

  • Electromagnetic > Solid State > Steorn >
    Test Results of the Orbo Solid State Development Unit - On Sept. 25, two electronics engineers and a physicist tested Steorn's solid state (no moving parts) electromagnetic devices, and attest to observing over 200% efficiency. "Orbo uses time-variant magnetic interactions to produce non-conservative energy results." (YouTube / SteornOfficial; Sept. 29, 2010)

Replications


Understanding the Orbo principle: 3 KEY EXPERIMENTS

By J L Naudin (not approved by Steorn)

  • "You will find in this video, three very simple experiments which can help you to understand the hidden principles of the Orbo motor from Steorn. The experiments proposed here and their explanations are based on my personnal interpretation only of the Orbo working principle and may be differ from the official Steorn explanations. These experiments presented here are the tests results of all my researches about the Orbo device. These experiments are very simple to do and you can check these facts by yourself with few equipement. So, these key experiments are intend to demonstrate the main effect in the Orbo device which can produce free energy from moving magnets. More info at : http://jnaudin.free.fr "(YouTube; February 08, 2010)

Steorn Jury

See Directory:Steorn Free Energy:Validation Recommendations - A page devoted to coming up with a listing of recommended testing procedures for use by the Steorn jury.


The Steorn website says:

During 2005 Steorn embarked on a process of independent validation and approached a wide selection of academic institutions. The vast majority of these institutions refused to even look at the technology; however, several did. Those who completed the testing have all confirmed our claims but none will publicly go on record.


On Aug 25, 2006, The Guardian Unlimited reports (from facility visit by Steve Boggan):

There have been no fewer than eight independent validations of their work conducted by electrical engineers and academics `with multiple PhDs' from world-class universities. But none of them will talk to me, even off the record. I am promised a diagram explaining how the system works, but then Steorn holds it back, saying its lawyers are concerned about intellectual property rights. And that European partner, the one with the moving, almost perpetual, prototypes? It won't talk to me either and Steorn has undertaken not to name it.

On October 11th, 2006, a page was opened on the Steorn website whose title is:

'Test methods applied to Steorn technology and results' . Here, one may scroll through slides, some of them movies, of ways to test the magnets in part of their device. More details are to be made available soon, according to Steorn.

On March 7, 2007, the Steorn website states:

Orbo produces free, clean and constant energy - that is our claim. By free we mean that the energy produced is done so without recourse to external source. By clean we mean that during operation the technology produces no emissions. By constant we mean that with the exception of mechanical failure the technology will continue to operate indefinitely.

The sum of these claims for our Orbo technology is a violation of the principle of conservation of energy, perhaps the most fundamental of scientific principles. The principle of the conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created or destroyed, it can only change form.

Because of the revolutionary nature of our claim, not only to the world of science but to the world in general, Steorn issued a challenge to the scientific community in August 2006 to test our technology and report their findings. The process of validation that has resulted from this challenge is currently underway, with results expected by the end of 2007.

Patents

Figs. 4-6 of Low Energy Magnet Actuator Patent application by Steorn.  April 6, 2006.
Figs. 4-6 of Low Energy Magnet Actuator Patent application by Steorn. April 6, 2006.
  • Low Energy Magnet Actuator (patent application) - arrangement of magnets and a magnetic shield on a linear slide; the operative principle seems to be low-energy switching of the magnetic fields.
  • US2006066428A1 (pdf) U.S. patent application.
Abstract 
A low energy magnet actuator allows magnetic fields to be turned on and off using a small amount of energy. The magnetic actuator according to the invention generally includes a base suitable for the support of a plurality of magnets. An actuatable shield is positioned in relation to the plurality of magnets so that it effectively blocks the magnetic field when it is positioned over at least one of the magnets. The magnetic fields of the plurality of magnets interact in a manner that allows low energy actuation of the shield.
Company Statement 
The patent ... is not a patent on the core steorn technology. Due to the fact that the US patent office does not allow patents with this claim we have filed a sequence of patents wich describe various aspects of the technology.

This is 'patently untrue': a keyword search of American patent applications returns dozens (the latest filed on the 21st December 2006) of them which claim 'perpetual motion'. What grounds would the USPO have therefore for rejecting the Steorn claim? There are far sillier ones (including the 'classic' overbalancing wheel) on file. Art Dent.

The patent ... is at the PCT stage and hence is available to the public. Our other patents are currently pre-PCT and will move to the PCT phase (and hence be available to the public) in the near future. [7]

The Challenge

As published at http://www.steorn.net/en/technology.aspx?p=5

Steorn’s technology produces free, clean and constant energy. This provides a significant range of benefits, from the convenience of never having to refuel your car or recharge your mobile phone, to a genuine solution to the need for zero emission energy production. It also provides a secure supply of energy, since the components of the technology are readily available.

The technology is in a constant state of development. The company has focused for the past three years on increasing power output and the development of test systems that allow detailed analysis to be performed.

Steorn’s technology appears to violate the ‘Principle of the Conservation of Energy’, considered by many to be the most fundamental principle in our current understanding of the universe. This principle is stated simply as ‘energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change form’.

Steorn is making three claims for its technology:

  1. The technology has a coefficient of performance greater than 100%.
  2. The operation of the technology (i.e. the creation of energy) is not derived from the degradation of its component parts.
  3. There is no identifiable environmental source of the energy (as might be witnessed by a cooling of ambient air temperature).

The sum of these claims is that our technology creates free energy.

This represents a significant challenge to our current understanding of the universe and clearly such claims require independent validation from credible third parties. During 2005 Steorn embarked on a process of independent validation and approached a wide selection of academic institutions. The vast majority of these institutions refused to even look at the technology; however, several did. Those who completed the testing have all confirmed our claims but none will publicly go on record.

In early 2006 Steorn decided to seek validation from the scientific community in a more public forum, and as a result have published the challenge in The Economist. The company is seeking a jury of twelve qualified experimental physicists to define the tests required, the test centres to be used, monitor the analysis and then publish the results.

Steorn has decided to publish its challenge in The Economist because of the breadth of its readership. "We chose it over a purely scientific magazine simply because we want to make the general public aware that this process is about to commence and to generate public support, awareness, interest etc for what we are doing."

Register

Registration Deadline Passed

The registration deadline passed on Sep 8th, 2006. At that stage nearly 5000 had registered to become jury members, but initial sorting showed that only roughly 1000 of these had valid credentials. As of Sept 9th, 2006 Steorn has therefore entered the pre-phase-1 stage, where they "Analyze list of scientists, contact and verify interest, choose twelve and negotiate terms." When this phase is over, Phase 1 proper begins, when they will "Confirm that the Steorn technology has a coefficient of performance greater than 100%."

On Sept 13th, e-mails went out to (at least some of) the scientists who had applied to go on the jury, asking for details of their academic careers.

On Sept 27th, e-mails went out to (at least some of) the scientists who had applied to go on the jury, saying that midnight, 5th October 2006, had been set as the deadline for receipt of synopses. A shortlist should be generated from all the synopses received by the deadline, accorning to Steorn. From the 9th October 2006, Steorn intends to take about two weeks to contact applicants on the shortlist to judge their availability as potential jury members. From near the end of October 2006 Steorn should then start on the jury selection process.

NEC Involvement

On Aug. 19, 2006, the New Energy Congress was made aware of this challenge and phoned the company to offer its services in the validation process.

Licence to be made generally available and Jury process underway

On the 11th of January 2007 Steorn announced that they would make the licence for their device available to all interested parties, from individual enthusiasts to larger research organisations, for a 'nominal fee' after the validation process had been completed [8]. They also revealed that the jury process was now underway, but that no further news on the process would be forthcoming until the end of the first financial quarter of 2007 [9].


April 13, 2007 update on progress

  • update on progress - posted April friday 13th, 2007.
    • Steorn/Orbo Core Technology update:
      • Orbo is based upon the principle of time variant magneto-mechanical interactions. The core output from our Orbo technology is mechanical. This mechanical energy can be converted into electrical energy using standard generator technology either by integrating such technology directly with Orbo or by connecting the mechanical output from Orbo to the generation technology. The efficiency of such mechanical/electrical conversions is highly dependent on the components used and is also a function of size.
      • Orbo technology is subject to continuous development. This development is focused on improving the manufacturability of the technology, production costs and power density. Orbo was initially developed as using stop-start mechanisms (with a power density of 0.5 Watts per cm3), Steorn is currently finalizing the development of constant motion systems and a significant improvement in power density is anticipated.

July 4, 2007; 10-day demonstration pending

Sean McCarthy preparing for major demo
Sean McCarthy preparing for major demo

(compiled from a couple of sources)
[If you can attend this event, and would be willing to report for PESN, please contact Sterling D. Allan.]

A demo will take place indoors at a single location in London, possibly the Kinetica Museum, and will last 10 days. Sean has stated that it will begin in the first week of July, and that it is intended to coincide with (and ride the wave of environment-friendly media attention generated by) Al Gore’s Live Earth concert on July 7th.

You won't have to rely on a video alone. A number of pretty decent physicists, engineers, and technical folks are going to see it in person and the demo will be open to the public at large in London for more than a week.

One expert is of particular interest: "Dr. Mike". Apparently, his trip is being paid by Steorn but he's a reputable, published authority with an independent view. He's taking with him a laptop equipped with data coupling gear and magnetometers, temperature sensors, accelerometers, and so on. Steorn has said they will allow him (and a few others) direct access to the device and even will allow some degree of disassembly (they told him to "take his screwdriver"). He signed a non disclosure agreement (NDA) which precludes him from revealing trade secrets but does not prevent him from expressing opinions about legitimacy, fraud, and the like. It now seems all of this takes place in the open more or less at the Kinetica Museum starting Wednesday.

You can follow everything at:

Also, for official updates one should consult

Botched Demo Start

  • Orbo Free Energy Demo Has Botched Start - Widely publicized pending demo of Steorn's free energy prototype at the Kinetica Museum in London, promised to be streamed live around the world, opens with the device not working and a no-show on the Orbo demo site, at least for the first 24 hours. A video now shows the device not running. (PESN; July 5, 2007)

July 6, 2007: demostration cancelled

Further to Steorn’s announcement yesterday (5th July) regarding the technical difficulties experienced during the installation of its “Orbo�? technology at the Kinentica Museum in London, Steorn has decided to postpone the demonstration until further notice. Over the next few weeks the company will explore alternative dates for the public demonstration (read more on Steorn site).

July 10, 2007; Orbo drawings

User "Axle" posted on the Steorn forum his best estimation based on the Orbo photos.

Image:Steorn July demo drawing by Axle.jpg

The "stator" is shown in green and blue, and contains a circular arrangement of eight magnets fit into slots around the periphery of a central cavity. In that cavity spins the "rotor", with four magnets around its circumference. The stator and rotor are connected by two bearings, seen in orange -- the weak links that, according to Sean, put an end to the demo.

Feb. 18, 2008

Sean McCarthy wrote:

Things are going very well, however we will not be preannouncing anything - when we launch everyone will know at the same time.

June 22, 2009 Jury Unaninmously Finds Against Steorn

Penny Gruber's comment moved to the discussion page - On June 21, 2009 Steorn's 22 member jury unanimously found that Steorn had failed to show any energy production from their devices. …

Theoretical Physics

Software Modeling

Question 
Does their invention match the known models of magnetism, or contradict them. In other words, could they simulate their invention in a simulator? -- Nathan Allan (April 28, 2007)
Answer 
Yes, we use an FEA package called Flux3D from Cedrat (http://www.cedrat.com). I should point out that the system does require some code changes in order to demonstrate the effect which is based around Magnetic Viscosity. -- Sean McCarthy, Steorn (Apr. 29, 2007)

In the News

See News:Steorn – moved to a separate index page Feb. 1, 2010.

Here are a few recent news stories:

  • Shaun McCarthy posts magnet motor video - Shaun McCarthy posted a video of what looks like a magnet motor at Facebook, saying: "Some birthdays are better than others, even when you are just playing with bluetac!" (Free Energy Blog; March 7, 2014)
  • Is Steorn Getting Ready to Re-emerge? - Shaun McCarthy posted some comments on Facebook which seem to indicate that we might not be too far away from some news from Steorn. “It’s going to be a LOT of fun in the next few weeks, a lot . . . Better suited to this time and this place – going to enjoy every minute of what 2007 should have been – I am a purist OU man, no wires.” (Free Energy Blog; March 6, 2014)
  • Brief Q&A with Steorn - Q. When do you expect HephaHeat to reach market? A. First half of next year. (Free Energy Blog; December 18, 2013)
  • Top 5 >
    Sterling Allan on GaiamTV with Regina Meredith - Tonight, October 30, at 7 pm Eastern, GaiamTV > Open Minds (watch) will air the first of two interviews Sterling did with Regina, from Conscious Media Network; talking about the Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies and the societal ramifications of these things coming forward as well as the spiritual transformation required to merit their full emergence. (GaiamTV.com; October 30, 2012)
  • Electromagnetic / Thermal Electric > Steorn >
    Steorn In €50 Million A Year HephaHeat Bonanza - Sunday Times Ireland’s business section contained a surprising article on Steorn. Their HephaHeat hot water boiling technology looks certain to reinvigorate the company's finances with two multinational companies seeking to incorporate HephaHeat into consumer and commercial products netting Steorn royalties of around €50 Million per annum by 2017. (TruthFall and FreeEnergyTruth; August 3, 2012)
  • Electromagnetic > Steorn >
    Steorn: behind the scenes of free energy dreams [Home page feature] - YouTube subscriber Eltimple has uploaded a set of videos apparently culled from behind the scenes of Steorn during those heady times. The best one by far is a Queen-flavoured musical extravaganza that stitches together a lot of before, during and after shots of the Orbo demo from the Dublin Waterways centre of just over two years ago. (ZDNet.co.uk; February 24, 2012)
  • MORE – on separate index page.

Steorn Blogs

Discussions

See Talk:Directory:Steorn Free Energy - many comments, skeptic views, rebuttals, theories, etc.

Image:Orbo wheel gerbal 200.jpg

Forums

Steorn Ltd.

Steorn is a privately-owned technology research company, with 30 shareholders. Over thr last three years, the company has spent GBP2.7m developing their "free energy" technology. The advertisement in the Economist cost GBP75,000. [10]

In fact, there are 2 companies registered at the stated address: Steorn Ltd, registered on the 25th July 2000 and Steorn Nominees Ltd, registered on the 16th August 2005. The last Annual Returns deadline for the first company was the 30th September 2004, but the latest accounts were supplied on the 31st December 2003. The latest Annual Returns deadline for the second company was the 16th July 2006 and the latest accounts were declared on the 31st December 2006. The status of both companies is described as being 'normal'. With which company is everybody dealing? Art Dent

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Docklands Innovation Park
East Wall Road, Dublin 3
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Tel: +353-1-4871000 / Fax: +353-1-4871001
E-mail: info@steorn.com

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