It’s been nearly three years since I first blogged about a company called Steorn. As a quick re-cap, they were claiming to have invented a fantastic new technology, which would’ve arguably changed the way we live and made the planet a much cleaner place.

Steorn called their new technology ‘Orbo’, which they reckoned created a clean, constant supply of energy. That’s right, unlimited energy from a self-powering device, with no nasty emissions. Just pop it in your mobile phone, your car, in a plane, or whatever and it’ll deliver the go-go juice.

Realising that everyone was bound to say “Energy from nothing? Bah! That’s impossible!”, Steorn confidently asked for an independent panel of the world’s leading scientists to examine and endorse their new technology. They were all sworn to secrecy under a non-disclosure agreement and worked for two years to investigate Steorn’s claim. In the mean time, Steorn organised a public demonstration of Orbo – which, err, didn’t quite go according to plan.

But anyway.  After nearly 36 months (drum roll please) the independent jury’s verdict is now in…

Jury Announcement

In August 2006 the Irish company Steorn published an advertisement in the Economist announcing the development of “a technology that produces free, clean and constant energy”. Qualified experts were sought to form a “jury” to validate these claims.

Twenty-two independent scientists and engineers were selected by Steorn to form this jury. It has for the past two years examined evidence presented by the company. The unanimous verdict of the Jury is that Steorn’s attempts to demonstrate the claim have not shown the production of energy. The jury is therefore ceasing work.

The jury consists of scientists and engineers in relevant fields from Europe and North America, from industry, universities and government laboratories. Information about individual members can be found at

Chairman, Steorn Jury

Yup, shock horror, it doesn’t work.

But that’s not stopping Steorn. In true reputable style, they’re planning on launching it anyway:

Jury Report

Steorn today confirmed that the internet ‘blog’ had been posted on behalf of members of the Jury of scientists that Steorn had engaged to conduct an independent review of its Orbo Technology.

In a statement, Steorn CEO, Sean McCarthy said that “he was grateful to the Jury members for the time and effort that they had devoted to the process.”

McCarthy continued on to state that he “fully understood the frustration of the Jury members with respect to the time that the process was taking. Implementing Orbo in a reliable and consistent manner had remained a challenge for the organization, one that we had made no secret of. Due to these difficulties we had focused on providing the Jury with test data relating to the underlying magnetic effect behind Orbo. This work concluded at the end of 2008.”

McCarthy concluded by stating that “during 2009 the company had resolved the key technical problems related to the implementation of Orbo and is now focused on commercial launch towards the end of this year, at which time academic and engineering validation would be released concurrent with public demonstrations”.


So there you go. The independent panel they appointed themselves says it’s a right load of old s**t, but eh-well, what the heck. Someone will still probably buy it.

And if they don’t buy that, perhaps they’ll buy this:

Steorn Probe

Dunno about you, but I'm convinced.


Comments on: "Steorn: The Independent Jury Verdict" (7)

  1. Hmmm…..Just makes me laugh that the CEO of the Irish company has the name Sean McCarthy!! Does he by anychance to do driveways & patios? What about the dogs?? To be sure, To be sure!!

    • No idea why you find his name funny!?! ‘Sean McCarthy’ isn’t exactly up there with the likes of ‘Randy Bumgardner’ in the league of comedy names!

  2. I actually heard about this a week or so back, I meant to mention it to you but completely forgot.

    This is pretty much how all free energy device claims work. They get shown they are wrong and then they start with the special pleading in an attempt to convince people that they do actually work after all.

    They also like to by pass the scientific process, go straight to the media rather than going through the correct peer review channels. Big red flag that you are dealing with pseudo-science.

    • A small part of me still wanted them to be onto something. I kinda get the impression that they’re probably a bunch of blokes who’ve stumbled across a magnetic effect but haven’t quite got the scientific know-how/background to understand why it won’t do what they think it should do.

      I don’t think they are intentional deceiving people with this, but I do think that they’re perhaps deceiving themselves. It actually seems to me that they genuinely believe they’re onto something (despite being told otherwise by the panel they appointed).

      Either that or it’s just all a clever ruse to keep themselves funded and in a job.

  3. I agree, I think they are deceiving themselves, I don’t think they are trying to trick anyone else. The think with all free energy devices is ruling out all possible sources of additional energy. What tends to happen is that people think they are getting extra free energy above what they are putting in, but they are simply failing to take into account some other source of energy.

    Of all the pseudo-science that I would love to be true this sort of thing has to be right at the top of my list. But damn those laws of thermodynamics and their whole “no free lunch” mentality.

  4. You’re right with the name thing, it’s not that funny, I suppose Paddy O’Reily would have been more Irish!!
    As for the product itself…..I agree also that they probably do believe in their invention, so lets hope they get it to work!!
    Watch this space eh?

    • I think any faint hope of them actually cracking it has disappeared in this case. Perhaps they’re planning on selling expensive paperweights at the end of the year??

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