The blogosphere has been buzzing over news that the Irish company Steorn has made an energy breakthrough. It may be real, may be a hoax. It’s all being sorted out now, or so it seems. A few days ago, Steorn took out a full-page ad in The Economist saying that they had “developed a technology that produces free, clean and constant energy.” As the ad noted, this would mean “never having to recharge your phone, never having to refuel your car. A world with an infinite supply of clean energy for all.” Says their CEO, Sean McCarthy, “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.”
Naturally, the skeptics abound. In the ad, Steorn issued a challenge to the scientific community to “test our technology and report your findings to the world.” This far, according to their website. some 1700 scientists have expressed an interest in doing so. “All great truths”, they say in their ad and on the website, quoting George Bernard Shaw, “begin as blasphemies.”
This would certainly be a major breakthrough. Leave it to the Irish to save the world once again. Stay tuned to the world of Steorn. If they have indeed found the energy grail, let’s see how long it takes the enviros to figure out a way to find a downside.
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