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Will Magnetics Bring Free Energy Breakthrough?

There are a number of ongoing private research projects that aim at using the inherent energy in magnets to achieve constant energy production, but the challenge of an Irish company to test its free-energy producing magnet set-up seems to be a particularly serious affair.

The website reports on the challenge of the company to the scientific community to rigorously test the technology which the Irish Steorn company developed as a spin-off from a different type of research.


Sean McCarthy, CEO of Steorn Ltd. with a magnetic motor testing rig

The company says on its website:

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 current technology, a technology that produces free energy. The technology is patent pending.

Our Technology and the Laws of Physics

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 were prepared to complete testing have all confirmed our claims; however 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."

It will be most interesting to see the outcome of the challenge and the published results of the evaluation, once available.

Here is the report on Steorn's challenge to scientists to test and explain the mechanism of its discovery, which does work but seems not to be utilizing any known energy reservoir...

Irish company challenges scientists to test 'free energy' technology

(Original was posted on PhysOrg)

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 (, 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.

Lutec in Australia

Another application of magnetics to energy production is Lutec's technology. The Australian company has obtained patents on its magnetic motor/generators, which seem rather further developed than Steorn's. The Lutec invention combines a pulsed DC motor with an AC generator, and it seems that the output is several times the input in terms of electric energy. These are prototypes and we will have to wait for some time for commercial availability.

Several videos are available on Lutec's website.

The rotor has permanent magnets embedded and stands in oil drum like fashion on a top and bottom bearing allowing it to spin freely through 360 degree rotation. External to the rotor, steel cores are wound with copper wire and placed in a fixed position independent of the rotor. Now of course the rotor cannot spin freely any more because the magnets are attracted to the steel core of the coil and so this is acting as a locking brake. The key is in how to cause the magnet to pass the steel core of the coil that is trying to attract then hold the magnet and so prevent the rotor from revolving. As the magnet is attracted to the steel core of the coil it pulls the rotor with it, this is then motion caused by "Natural Magnetic Attraction". When the magnet is situated in the appropriate position opposite the steel core of the coil a short pulse of electrical energy is caused to be sent through the coil windings. This has the effect of turning the steel core temporarily into a magnet of like polarity to the permanent magnet. This causes repulsion from each other and so the revolution of the rotor continues. Absolutely critical to the efficient running of the machines is the accuracy of the timing and duration of the switching of the input pulse. The rotational speed is dictated by the amount of electrical energy of that input pulse. There is a lot of energy stored in the rotor created by the motion, however the motion itself is the result of the magnets being attracted to and then repelled from the steel core of the coils.

From this Lutec document.

There is also a video about Lutec's invention:

FREE ENERGY Home Generator - Zero Point Energy - Off the Grid
Australian invention of a magnetic generator that produces, according to inventers John Cristie and Lou Brits, one kilowatt of constant power output. The generator runs on energy provided by a battery and is said to produce a power output five times that of input, keeping the battery charged plus useable surplus power.

OC MPMM New Approach - Permanent Magnet Motor Proof of Concept
Pulsed Stator Approach to OC Latching. Proof of Concept. Status = Proven. System runs on 4 Poles driven by single stator. Rotor contains 8 poles thus 4 are sheared during pulse action.

Related links:

Steorn's website

Peswiki: Steorn Free Energy

Magnet Motors on This page gives an overview of others who have been working on magnetic technology for energy production, although few seem to have advanced to the degree of certainty shown by the Steorn people.

Steorn to Push Tipping Point for Magnet Motor Technology
To solidify the credentials of a radical, new energy approach, Irish Company intents to select jury of 12 hard-core skeptics with high academic qualifications to review existing data, then design testing procedure, test, and publish the results.

Scientists flock to test 'free energy' discovery
August 20, 2006, The Observer
A man who claims to have developed a free energy technology which could power everything from mobile phones to cars has received more than 400 applications from scientists to test it. Sean McCarthy says that no one was more sceptical than he when Steorn, his small hi-tech firm in Dublin, hit upon a way of generating clean, free and constant energy from the interaction of magnetic fields. 'It wasn't so much a Eureka moment as a get-back-in-there-and-check-your-instruments moment, although in far more colourful language,' said McCarthy. But when he attempted to share his findings, he says, scientists either put the phone down on him or refused to endorse him publicly in case they damaged their academic reputations. So last week he took out a full-page advert in the Economist magazine, challenging the scientific community to examine his technology. McCarthy claims it provides five times the amount of energy a mobile phone battery generates for the same size, and does not have to be recharged. Within 36 hours of his advert appearing he had been contacted by 420 scientists in Europe, America and Australia, and a further 4,606 people had registered to receive the results.

Skateboard Turbo Trucks -- Powered by Magnets

Steorn scientific jury selection proceeding
The dozen scientists selected will take part in a rigorous testing exercise to prove whether or not Steorn's technology creates "free" energy. The results will be published worldwide. Steorn anticipates that testing will begin early in the New Year. The precise timetable for the testing phase will be determined by the 12 jurors, as will the location and format of the test process.

November 2006: Steorn announces end of selection process for jury of scientists and academics to test its free energy technology

Steorn anticipates that testing will begin early in the New Year. The precise timetable for the testing phase will be determined by the jurors, as will the location and format of the test process. Once the testing is complete the results will be made public via the Steorn website...

Video: Perendev and Bedini Motor Replications
"I don't like the term perpetual-motion", says Sterling D. Allan, founder of Pure Energy Systems.... whatever you might call it, the ... Alle » Perendev & Bedini Motors that Sterling brought to TeslaTech 2005 certainly caused a stir. Check out our conference video for close-up footage & descriptions of both motors in operation! In Sterling's words: "The Perendev motor replication was built by Douglas K. Furr, a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer, for PerenTech(.com), of which I was founder. In Furr's expert design, each of the rotors can be infinitely adjusted in relation to the other in the off-set of drilled holes, and the holes and pins enable one to insert and take out magnets with relative ease. I suppose if someone with more patience than myself were to tinker around with the device, they might achieve eureka in which the thing begins to accelerate."

Another All-Magnet Motor
this one with a video demonstration of the rotation speeding up...

Mike x Magnet Motor
A simple but smart idea: Several magnets fixed to a rotating disc, one "stator" magnet that also rotates, located at the periphery, close to the rotating disc. If correctly timed, the stator can first attract and then repel each magnet on the disc as it passes by. The inventor used a CD as the rotating disc with magnets. Research continuing. Open source.


Steorn most probably have true over-unity magnetic technology.

However, you and I know that this statement:

"One of the basic principles of physics is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change form."

is true. So the answer as I see it, is that there is indeed a source of energy of which McCarthy may be unaware, and that is the energy from the vacuum(Whittaker, Planck, Dirac, Wheeler, Wu, Lee, Yang, Kondepudi, Prigogine, Josephson, Boren et al). He may believe as fact that permanent magnets are *containers* of finite amounts of magnetic energy which can be "used up" through a load, and that one has to put more electrical energy into those magnets to re-magnetize them than one could possibly get out. McCarthy, therefore, gives no indication that the permanent magnets involved are *portals* to the Quantum Vacuum, taking in the longitudinal waves of the Virtual Photon Flux (Bearden), cohering them to work together in the same vectored direction through same-direction electron spin, and emitting them as observable magnetic lines of force which can attract magnetic substances mechanically, or induce an electric current in a conductor (Faraday).

So, hopefully someone will inform McCarthy that his device is *not* creating energy from nothing, but converting it from the Virtual Photon Flux of 4-space. He should be aware that his device has not challenged the First Law, and if his device works as claimed, that would be wonderful. Along with magnetics, I think he's conquered the geometry problem, often the bane of magnetic O-U devices.

HAl Ade
Gatineau, QC.

One law that hasn't been broken yet and never will be is the unlimited supply to stupiness ... proven by this and numerous other self-absorped blogs

"Stupiness" is inherent in the process of making a claim against an idea that is open for independent verification and evaluation.

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Magnetic Power, Inc. (MPI) applauds the challenger! As MPI is also a developer of magnetic devices which deliver electric power without fuel, and without breaking the basic laws of physics. MPI is glad to see that Steorn’s challenge is being taken seriously by the scientific community. Our own laboratory results confirm what Steorn is saying.

Given the urgent need for breakthrough energy systems, we hope the challenge will, as Steorn says, enable them to take less than the projected “five to seven years for the world to accept the possibility of superseding existing energy technology with magnetic systems.”

We hope that success by the Irish firm will take the mystery out of fuel-free magnetic systems that can operate around the clock. This will speed the ability of Magnetic Power Modules™ to attract the financial resources needed to commercialize these systems as rapidly as is humanly possible, in order to meet the environmental chaos threatened by global warming.

See our website: for additional information regarding how such systems convert Virtual Photon Flux.

I am surprised that there hasn't been more publicity for this company. But then again, given our society's fixation on energy from fossil fuels, it is no wonder we haven't accepted this 'new' premise yet.
I don't see what the problem is, at this point anyway. If Stoern wants to challenge academics, I think that is an excellent idea. However, I don't think it is really the academics that they need approval from.
Nobody has to hand any money over to them right now. I, for one, would gladly welcome a new form of inexpensive energy because what we have now is no longer viable and is becoming even more questionable.
We'll just have to wait for the results of the challenge.

There are two phrases which
are used constantly to ridicule and destroy the reputation of genuine experiments during the last 70 years.

[1] Free energy
[2] perpetual motion

Over unity simply means extracting the energy with greater efficiency than has been normally achieved .

The level of efficiency shown by the delivery of electrical power in this year 2006,
is appallingly inefficient


The Bessler wheel is not, and never was meant to be, a “free energy” device.

The Bessler wheel is gravity machine.

Gravity is used to power the device

A syphon is another example of a gravity operating device.
This syphon is indeed a “free energy” device.
Once started.... the syphon continues to operate with any other support... indefinitely
for as long as the water supply is maintained.

My name is Pranab Jyoti Ghosh, I am an Indian physics graduate and myself have theoretically developed a technology on producing energy without any kind of fuel. This technology is about producing energy by extracting heat from atmosphere. This technology is a combination of processes that are well tested and now in use in different industries and research projects. This is now just a theoretical approach that with present level of knowledge of physics and engineering, we can extract atmospheric heat and convert in into electricity. All the basic experiments had been already done successfully and enough data had been gathered. In short, it is a new and exciting kind of technology and as far as I know, nothing like this exists this day. I want to know from others, who are expert in thermodynamics and truly believe that “free energy” cannot exist, kindly check this technology and tell me what you are thinking about it. But, please don’t just make remarks like “this certainly violated 2nd law of thermodynamics”, I am requesting you to calculate the entropy and at the end show that the entropy of the universe is decreased instead of increasing.
I am giving here a zest of the technology. This project is aimed at producing electricity by using the vast heat content of atmosphere. The scheme is basically aimed as producing electricity by extracting heat from atmosphere. In this project, this is done by using mechanical arrangement similar to heat pump. This system is used to squeeze energy from huge volumes of air and to produce temperature difference by which energy can be produced. It is to be noted that fresh water and salt are added bonus to this project, as salty brackish water can be used in this project. This is done by vaporizing water inside an enclosed container named “Evaporator” with the help of a vacuum pump. As the vacuum pump sucks air from the container, the water inside began to evaporate and in this process collects its latent heat of vaporization from water. For that reason, the water inside becomes colder and heat began to flow in from outside. Thus in effect, the latent heat of vaporization of water is collected from outside atmosphere. In the open-cycle OTEC, vapor is produced in the same manner and on experiment it was found that to have vapor flow rate of 1 kg/sec, power needed at the vacuum pump is 3 KW. Whereas, the latent heat embedded in 1 kg of vapor is 2.31 MW. After the vapor is produced, it is heated further with adiabatically compressed, hot air. After heating the vapor in the Boiler, the hot, compressed air is passed through the Evaporator to give up its residue heat to the water inside. The process is the same as that of common heat pumps sold in the market. And finally, the temp. diff. between the Boiler and the Condenser is created by suddenly releasing the compressed air at the Condenser. And thus a system of real efficiency of >50% is created.
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Dear Pranab,

thank you for this comment.

I think readers might like to see what you envision the technology to be. There is a first description on the PESWIKI site at Directory:Ghosh Energy from Atmospheric Heat

which is freely editable, so if there are more data on how it could work, or any updates on tests and prototypes, you could add that information there.

Meanwhile, all we have is the PESWiki page, unless you have some more data you can provide.