Pot of Gold : Irish company challenges scientists to test 'free
An Irish company has thrown down the gauntlet to the worldwide scientific
community to test a technology it has developed that it claims produces free
energy. The company, Steorn, 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.