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Written by Jeff Wagg   

"Imagine...

A world with an infinite supply of pure energy.

Never having to recharge your phone.

Never having to refuel your car."

In 2006, Steorn took out a full page ad in The Economist promising "free, clean, and constant energy.” This was notable not only because it was at odds with the known laws of physics, but also because The Economist is an unusual place to announce a breakthrough that would change just about everything we know about the world around us. Randi commented on their follies here.

In 2007, the promised test of their “Orbo” device came… and sadly, the device couldn’t handle the “hot lights” of the test environment. Later, they blamed an “internal greenhouse effect.”

Fair enough (not really), what’s happened with the device since?

Well, I don’t know about you, but I still get an electric bill every month.

According to the Irish Times, Steorn recently announced that the jury of scientists appointed to study their product has quit, and that no further information will be available. Read the entire Irish Times article, as it says all that needs to said.

Steorn made promises, and apparently they can’t keep them. No one is surprised. In the meantime, scientists will continue to look for better sources of energy, and at least some investors learned about the expression "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

 

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written by BillyJoe, June 26, 2009
The Salvation Army provide free lunches every day. smilies/cool.gif
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written by Bruno, June 26, 2009
The Irish Times article (correct link: http://english.ohmynews.com/ar...1&rel_no=1 ) is disappointing because the journalist felt the need to equivocate and "hear the other side" again.
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written by kaivulagi, June 26, 2009
Hey Stoern was a dead horse...lets not flog it!
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written by MadScientist, June 27, 2009
But hey, they claim to have *just* resolved the technical difficulties and will prove their device works by the end of *this* year!

I'm wondering why the CEO isn't covered in feathers and tar. Can't people see a big steaming pile of poo when they step into it? Maybe the locals just think it's a great joke and it keeps them laughing every night at the pub.
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written by Ted Powell, June 27, 2009
the Economist is an usual place to announce a breakthrough
I think you meant an unusual place.
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written by BillyJoe, June 27, 2009
he Irish Times article (correct link: http://english.ohmynews.com/ar...1&rel_no=1 ) is disappointing


It ends by saying: "Stay tuned. This may not be over." smilies/grin.gif

If only Orbo kept going like the publicity about it.

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written by BillyJoe, June 27, 2009
http://www.irishtimes.com/news...16758.html

The dream lives on, however, as Steorn prepares to begin licensing its Orbo technology “definitely before the end of the year”, Mr McCarthy said.

Note the highlighted words "prepares to begin". They are going to "prepare to begin" definitely before the end of the year.
You gotta hand it to these guys. smilies/grin.gif
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From a private forum member
written by BillyJoe, June 27, 2009
http://english.ohmynews.com/ar...6&rel_no=1

"One of the biggest factors in persuading me that Orbo is real is that it is a technology whose time has arrived. The world is ready for it now."
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Like, I just know that girl coming towards me is going to have sex with me because, hey, I am ready for it now.

BJ
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written by kenhamer, June 28, 2009
I'm pretty certain there actually is something to this "free, clean, and constant energy." You just need to figure out how to capture all the hot air that lot generates.

I also enjoy the various excuses trotted out, particularly when they blame "negative vibes" from nearby skeptics. I look forward to the day when I can amuse myself by hanging out near a busy intersection and making random cars stall with my "negative vibes." Maybe I'll start a towing company.


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written by José, June 29, 2009
What are you talking about? I'm working on my Orbo powered computer right now. I fixed my internal greenhouse problem by having my roof removed.
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written by Alan3354, June 29, 2009
Having to "recharge my phone" is a major concern.
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written by tctheunbeliever, June 29, 2009
There's probably a "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming up"--there always is.
But I thought it was about Men in Black and space aliens... smilies/sad.gif
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Xogen all over again
written by WhiteRabbit, June 29, 2009
Many years back I wrote an article on a similar company called Xogen. I wasted many an hour debating online with people who felt that there just must be something in it. If only we can make these devices complicated enough, maybe we can fool Mother Nature into revoking the laws of thermodynamics.

Many people thought there would come some critical historic moment when Xogen's technology would be proven either true or false. It didn't work that way, of course. Like Steorn, Xogen faded away with a wimper, not a bang.

I notice that Xogen has now entered the free-energy lore as yet another world-saving technology that was ruthlessly suppressed by a cabal of industrial interests.



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Good one!
written by BillyJoe, June 30, 2009
If only we can make these devices complicated enough, maybe we can fool Mother Nature into revoking the laws of thermodynamics.
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written by kunjamuk, October 06, 2009
I don't pay an electric bill. When I did pay an electric bill the company kept charging me about 10 times what I actually used and I got tired of being their no-interest banker so I had it shut off. I do it by doing without exept for what I get from a 15 watt solar cell charging 2 garden tractor batteries which I rotate for radios, and a 5 watter charging my gel cells for lighter jobs. Plus I have lot's of "solar-crank" type lights. A wood stove provides heat. I occationally burn a canola oil lamp. So, if you really want to do without an electric bill, this is the way to do it. And it's no where near as hard as the way my great grandfather did it. His family lived in rural NY before "rural electrification." mc
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Steorn is on the move again.
written by BLACK HAT, December 17, 2009
Steorn has launched a webcam demo of their product. http://www.steorn.com/

A bit of debunking to be found here. http://dispatchesfromthefuture..._beli.html

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written by BillyJoe, December 17, 2009


If this device really works, once it is running at full speed you should be able to bypass the battery by connecting the input lead to the output lead and throwing the battery away. It should keep then running at full speed. Of course it won't, which is why they keep the battery connected.

It's either fraud or self-delusion.
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