Skip to comments.Irish company challenges scientists to test 'free energy' technology [Oh Yeah!]
Posted on 08/18/2006 7:37:36 AM PDT by PatrickHenry
An Irish company threw down the gauntlet on Friday to the worldwide scientific community to test a technology it has developed that it claims produces free energy.
The company, Steorn (http://www.steorn.net), says its discovery is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy -- a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics.
It claims the technology can be used to supply energy for virtually all devices, from mobile phones to cars.
Steorn issued its challenge through an advertisement in the Economist magazine this week quoting Ireland's Nobel prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw who said that "all great truths begin as blasphemies".
Sean McCarthy, Steorn's chief executive officer, said they had issued the challenge for 12 physicists to rigorously test the technology so it can be developed.
"What we have developed is a way to construct magnetic fields so that when you travel round the magnetic fields, starting and stopping at the same position, you have gained energy," McCarthy said.
"The energy isn't being converted from any other source such as the energy within the magnet. It's literally created. Once the technology operates it provides a constant stream of clean energy," he told Ireland's RTE radio.
McCarthy said Steorn had not set out to develop the technology, but "it actually fell out of another project we were working on".
One of the basic principles of physics is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change form.
McCarthy said a big obstacle to overcome was the disbelief that what they had developed was even possible.
"For the first six months that we looked at it we literally didn't believe it ourselves. Over the last three years it had been rigorously tested in our own laboratories, in independent laboratories and so on," he said.
"But we have been unable to get significant scientific interest in it. We have had scientists come in, test it and, off the record, they are quite happy to admit that it works.
"But for us to be able to commercialise this and put this into peoples' lives we need credible, academic validation in the public domain and hence the challenge," McCarthy said.
Wha? C'mon? Whaddaya mean?
That's just what I was thinking! /s
Well, like I always say, "Not only are a fool and his money soon parted, but a fool and his money SHOULD be parted, because there is nothing more dangerous than a fool with money"
Planets are not standing still. They can be used to pull the probe along.
Stranger things have happened. But as the man said above: opening this up to testing would be a good thing.
Elementary (but clever) calculus.
OK. I'll trade you a set of your blueprints for my deed to the Brooklyn Bridge.
If it were real, government would be falling over itself rushing to tax the new technology and eventually ban further development of it.
Electromagnetism is still vastly mysterious to most, and yet we have only 5% of our students enrolling in science/engineering in college, which is where students get to check out some of EM hands-on with useful equipment. EM is going to become even more mysterious to even more as a result, and we will find that most will not be able to understand the first thing about the topic.
just wait until they start sending us the bill!
I trust that you were able to get a new writing gig after Star Trek: Voyager went off the air.
We homeschool, and we made a nonelectric fan using magnets. Magnets repel each other. Just give the fan a little push to get it started, and the repulsion keeps the blades moving. It was "Elementary, my dear" - literally. We were doing a science class. The kids came up with the idea.
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 were prepared to complete testing have all confirmed our claims; however none will publicly go on record.
Sounds like the peers refused to even look at it. So they went to a more public forum to get someone to compel some peers to review it.
They themselves agree it appears to violate the Principle of the Conservation of Energy, under the laws of physics as we know them. But are we saying that we know everything there is to know about the universe and the laws that govern it?
What's it going to cost to take a look, considering the potential bennefits if it does?
If it doesn't work; it doesn't work and we move on. If it does....
"slingshot" orbital speedups are gained by having the spacecraft fly by a planet or moon starting at exactly the right place that the planet gives up energy from its forward orbital motion to the spacecraft. What this means is that every time we use Jupiter to speed up a probe, the planet slows down slightly. if we sent a really, really large number of probes by Jupiter this way, we could get it to fall into the Sun.
The darn thing just keeps going around and around in a vaccuum with no wires or nothing!!!
Laugh all you want, fool! I've just tied up the North American franchise. Soon you'll be buying your "free energy" from me! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
The probe's "final" (i.e. when it's far enough away for the planet's gravity to become insignificant) inbound and outbound speeds relative to the planet are equal. However, what's important for slingshot trajectories is speed relative to the sun, which can be increased or decreased depending on how the probe's trajectory and the planet's orbit interact.
Of course, the momentum and energy don't appear out of nowhere -- the planet loses the same amount that the probe gains. The planet is a lot bigger, so the effect on its orbit is miniscule.
It may not be valid under the laws of Newtonian physics, but Quantum physics is an open book.
I think this type of science is so cool.
Momentum is conserved. Some of the momentum of the large body is transferred to the smaller body, which if it is Jupiter versus Voyager 1 won't matter much to Jupiter.