A Brief History of Steorn
Steorn is a small engineering company based in Dublin, Ireland who in the course of working with magnets for operating security cameras noticed an anomaly that they could not understand. Further research led them to conclude that it was possible to extract an energy gain from certain types of magnetic interactions, and that this gain could be turned into useful energy. They named this energy production technology Orbo.
In August 2006, Steorn published an advertisement in the Economist magazine announcing they had discovered a means of producing “free, clean, and constant energy”, and they asked for scientists to apply to be part of a jury that would look at their technology and publish a verdict on it. In June 2009 the jury of 22 members published a statement concluding that Steorn had not shown a production of energy, and that the jury was ceasing its work.
Meanwhile, Steorn had taken other paths to try to demonstrate its claims. In July 2007 they scheduled a demonstration of an Orbo device at the Kinetica Museum in London; however, when the time came to show the device, it didn’t work. Steorn’s CEO Shaun McCarthy explained at the time, that for some unknown reason the bearings had broken, causing the device to fail. The public demonstration was cancelled.
During December 2009-January 2010 Steorn held public demonstrations and lectures about Orbo at the Waterways Visitor Center in Dublin.
After the Waterways event, there was very little further public outreach from Steorn, apart from occasional interviews, mainly in the Irish press. Steorn developed a technology called they called Hephaheat, which according to Steorn’s literature was a spin-off from Orbo technology and was described as “low frequency induction heating operating on AC line frequency without the need for intervening electronics.”
Much recent information about the company’s activities has come from occasional postings of videos, pictures and comments by Shaun McCarthy on Facebook, and that gives rather an incomplete picture of what is going on. Pictures posted generally show prototypes being tested in Steorn facilities, and also mockups of designs for commercial packaging. Public financial records show that Steorn continues to be funded by private investors (mainly Irish), and an entity called the Orbo Investment Trust.
In May 2015 an Orbo device described as a powercube, or “never-die-battery” was deployed for field testing in Slattery’s Pub in Dublin, and a staff member at Slattery’s reported some of his experiences on Facebook. He said that customers and staff were able to fully charge their mobile devices from the Orbo device without it running down. The testing lasted only a few days, however, as Steorn determined too much publicity was being attracted via Facebook.
It is a version this product, now with the name of the ‘O-Cube’ that will apparently be demonstrated and discussed at the upcoming webinar on October 28th.
Steorn no longer has a public website. The domain Steorn.com now points to this Orbo Facebook Page where the announcement of the webinar has been made, along with a teaser video titled “Orbo is Here”.