♣ Saturday, January 30th – “O-Day” for Steorn
The much ballyhoo'd “Final Demo” is now history. Has Steorn made their case? Have they succeeded in “Proving overunity” according to the brassy claims that their “free energy” technology puts out more power than it consumes?
Today at 16:00 GMT, Sean McCarthy, fearless leader of the Irish company that roared, put on what they billed as the “Final demo” to “prove” that a genuine Orbo produces more energy than it consumes, making it a true overunity technology.
Those of us out here in internet land had been held off and tantalized by a couple of frustrations; one, the Steorn SKDB has been down for a day or two. Two, the official Steorn website has been scrolling the following across the bottom of the Steorn “live stream view” screens:
“The venue is closed while we prepare for our live experiment on Saturday. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at 4pm.”
The cameras “went live” again right around 15:45 GMT, beginning intermittently and finally stabilizing and streaming both video and audio.
Many dozens of curious spectators gathered at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Center in Dublin, some expectant and hopeful, others prepared with tough questions to test the man at the helm of perhaps the most maligned and verbally abused technology company since Pons and Fleishman announced “cold fusion.”
As best I could estimate from an occasional image of the audience, there were at least 100 or more curious visitors, the largest turnout yet, some no doubt waiting for a glimpse of “the holy grail” of free energy. The viewership on “live stream one” peaked at somewhere around 800 observers during Sean McCarthy's presentation. During his talk, McCarthy said that the Waterways center had enjoyed about 2500 visitors during Steorn's presence there so far, many of whom he believes to be among their target market of engineering developers.
McCarthy introduced this demonstration by showing some videos, then reiterated Steorn's basic claims with some new elucidation, went on to speak explicitly of the “in versus out” electrical energy of today's demonstration, and ended as usual by taking questions from the audience.
The most interesting new element of today's demonstration was an Orbo configuration with a scope output showing a claimed cumulative electrical energy output of 327% more than the cumulative energy input, not counting the previously touted thermal and other effects. There was the usual Orbo motor with a single output coil. The output coil was shorted out, “acting as a heater” with measurements being taken of input current, input voltage, and output current (as the integral of I2R.) The Orbo was running at 1300 RPM. McCarthy demonstrated that pushing the output coil closer to the spinning rotor increased the power output without affecting the motion of the rotor, and explained this as follows:
“How efficient do you really want it to be?… What this is really demonstrating is that there's no coupling between the electrical energy that's put into the system and rotational energy of the system of the rotor itself…”
“If you look at the efficiency of the rotor, in essence you could call it infinity since a direct energy transfer between the steady state element of the system and the active element of the system…”
“The net efficiency during this run, electrical to electrical, let me be clear about that, is 327% and that excludes any work done by the system against friction, which is limited because we're using magnetic bearings, and air resistance.”
If those statements by Sean McCarthy are true and demonstrable, his words will no doubt go down in history and one day be hailed as genius that ushered in an age of practically limitless and readily available energy.
Several attendees seemed frustrated and disappointed that there was not more to the demonstration. This is not surprising, considering the splashy claim headlined as “Final demo: Proving overunity.”
“We are not going to put out the optimum or the maximum into the public domain, we're putting in what we believe is sufficient to prove our point…. this is not, for, to be frank at this point, for the general public, our market for this [is developers].”
The Question and Answer session was intense although somewhat shorter than that after the last demo. Questions were generally good and the responses from Sean McCarthy clarified a couple of issues in my own thinking. “What limits maximum RPM?” was one of the best questions of the day. Steorn has emphasized that the power out increases with speed, and so this question is key. Sean's answer was that there are “thousands” of limiting variables, but generally speaking, the same limits as those of any rotating system.
Another interesting question was “What is the longest recorded run of an Orbo demonstrator with a single D-cell battery?” Sean answered “About seven days,” and the questioner went on to state that he had calculated that an Orbo-like motor ought to be able to run for three weeks on a single D-cell. McCarthy responded that the questioner was incorrect because:
“We're drawin' about, just over an amp.”
and therefore the 3 week calculation is incorrect. (If Sean's statement of one amp is literal and accurate, the Orbo should only be able to run for about 10 hours on a single 10,000 mAh battery.)
Steorn's demonstrations have all attempted to show and clarify what Mr. McCarthy has called “key principles” of Orbo operation. He reiterated those again today, with what seemed to be an expansion of the description of the third element:
- Orbo suffers no Back EMF
- Orbo produces an Inductance Energy Gain
- Orbo performs work (thermodynamically speaking “for free”) with no degradation in the system components
Mr. McCarthy once again provided a demonstration of these elements but in a slightly different fashion than before. He simply played pre-recorded demos from earlier in the day (a partial, at least, explanation of why the live feeds had been down for a while.) He explained the use of recordings as primarily a matter of the difficulty of getting complex oscilloscope setups configured quickly under the pressure of a live demonstration.
McCarthy said that beginning on Wednesday of next week, anyone will be welcome (by appointment) to bring their own kit of test equipment and make their own measurements of a running Orbo. Steorn has extended their engagement at the Waterways until February 26th. Sean said this will be Steorn's last public offering to validate the technology, but that a lot more independent validations will soon be published in the public domain.
Have Steorn Met Their Promises?
Did Sean McCarthy “hit one out of the park” today, like the Babe Ruth his baby face sometimes reminds me of? While I would have to answer that question with a “no,” I think that Steorn has continued to incrementally make their case and to keep their promises.
Steorn previously spoke of plans to demonstrate magnetic domain durability in a week-long experiment streamed live. Today Sean McCarthy told his audience that this has in fact happened over the last week, and that the results have shown conclusively that Orbo magnets do not lose their energy during the operation of the Orbo. He stated that the difference between the domain energy of the magnets (i.e. the energy required to magnetize them, which he claimed was a mere 2.3 joules) is dwarfed by the amount of energy extracted during a one-week demo run, which he claimed to be 21 kilojoules.
“If you look at the amount of excess energy produced – and I stress excess, that is the differential between input and output during the week long test, we generated 21 kilojoules of excess energy, and we measured the components afterwards, and there was absolutely no degradation of the components of the system itself, and what this demonstrates in a very dramatic way the numbers from 2 to 21,000 are very large, is that the drawing of excess energy from an Orbo system is not in any way related to the component parts themselves.”
Steorn had promised a cumulative energy display showing direct electrical energy in versus electrical energy out, and this they also showed in the form of an integrating oscilloscope display. The lower (blue) trace of that display shows the energy applied to the coils over time, and the upper (brown) trace shows the energy extracted from a fully-shorted output coil – both of course as measured by the equipment at hand.
Publication of previously promised calorimetric proof, full measurements, and test results are not yet evident on the Steorn website, but McCarthy today reiterated the promise that extensive data reporting of today's tests and the results of the other demonstrations will soon appear there. I don't recall any mention today of the previously promised supercooling tests.
Of course the “hands-on examination” was announced as being open for business beginning Wednesday.
And so, in my opinion, Steorn has substantially kept their public promises, assuming that they follow up accordingly with the website publication and hands-on access this coming week.
What are the prospects of Orbo technology on the market in the near future?
“It's not going to be in your mobile phone in two months. It needs lots and lots of engineering to get there.”
McCarthy reiterated that Steorn themselves do not intend to further engineer the Orbo technology.
Did We See “The Holy Grail” Today?
I for one don't believe that any demonstration “over the internet” can possibly reveal “The Holy Grail” of free energy. While the demo device shown today was said by McCarthy to be producing 150 microjoules per revolution of excess electrical energy, there is no way to confirm this from a distance.
Conclusive proof that Orbo is a true overunity technology will still require extensive effort and universal availability to become widely accepted. We will want to see Orbo work in a Faraday cage and will need “hands-on” and “sufficient duration” in-person proof ourselves. Major paradigm changes take time. Sean did say that Steorn will be taking their show “on the road,” that they will be in the US in coming days, that they will appear everywhere.
Folks, as a member of “The Steorn 300,” I think things are looking promising! If everything that Sean McCarthy presented today is completely forthright and above board, and if the promised data sets are as he has represented, we are all in for some fascinating times ahead!
Should you find my reporting interesting, I welcome your “thumbs up” as well as your thoughtful comments from any perspective! Thanks for tuning in!
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