I have been following the fortunes of the Irish company Steorn for many years now — ever since they came on the scene in August of 2006 with their ad in the Economist with their claim of the discovery of a source of free, clean and constant energy.
Well, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since that time, and Steorn went through some pretty devastating public relations events, including a demonstration of its technology in London which did not work, and a scientific jury decision which went against them. The company has been dismissed and derided by critics for a long time now who have held them up as example of a scam and a failure.
A few years ago, Steorn pretty much fell of the radar, and have stayed very quiet in terms of public statements — but the company has not disappeared. Somehow they have kept funding their operations and there are signs now that they might be ready to reemerge into the public realm.
Steorn’s CEO Shaun McCarthy has said that the company has been working on developing a ‘low frequency induction heating system’ they call Hephaheat. Steorn states that Hephaheat is a spin-off of Steorn’s Orbo technology — which the company claims is a means of producing an energy gain from magnetic interactions.
Steorn’s CEO Shaun McCarthy has said that the first commercial application of Hephaheat will be its use in domestic water heaters, and the company claims that it has licensing agreements with two major manufacturers to produce and market these water heaters. Late last year, McCarthy told Sterling Allan of PESN that these products would come to market in the first half of 2014.
Just today, Shaun McCarthy posted some comments on Facebook which seem to indicate that we might not be too far away from some news from Steorn.
He wrote: “Sometimes stuff takes longer than you want…. it’s going to be a LOT of fun in the next few weeks, a lot . . . life is about to get fun again… and it takes time, but it’s been a roller coaster ride and at some point you jump off it with a BIG smile on you face . . . Better suited to this time and this place – going to enjoy every minute of what 2007 should have been – I am a purist OU man, no wires.”
Just what might be going on is not clear, but it sounds to me like we might be getting close to some news of interest out of Dublin.