I have been keeping my eye on the progress of Steorn, who back in 2006 announced they had discovered a way to create energy through magnetic interactions, a process they called Orbo.
After making a lot of noise and not delivering (e.g. a demo failure and a thumbs-down from a scientific jury), they basically disappeared from the public eye and haven’t made many public announcements for years.CEO Shaun McCarthy has given a few interviews and made some updates over the years, often on Facebook.
From postings today and yesterday, it looks like Steorn may be getting ready to launch a heating heating system named Hephaheat — which they say is a technology ‘based on orbo interactions.’
Hephaheat is described as a “low frequency induction heating . . . using induction systems without the need for additional expensive power supplies,” and it is planned to be used in commercial and domestic water heaters, delivering on-demand hot water at temperatures ranging from 38-100C. Steorn says the advantages over traditional water heaters are the compact size, controlability and low cost of energy. (McCarthy has said that it will provide energy at 1/6 of the cost of traditional water heaters).
Today, on Facebook, McCarthy posted a picture of what he describes as a Hephaheater in its case:
Yesterday he posted a video of what he said were people making Hephaheaters — pouring molten metals into sand molds. See here. From the looks it I would guess the heaters are between 2-3 feet high.
From what McCarthy has said in the past, these water heaters will be produced and marketed by two major water heater manufacturers — Steorn has always said that it will license its technology, not be a manufacturer.
We will have to wait for more information, but it seems to me that if Steorn delivers a working product which can deliver hot water cheaply, they could be competitive with LENR in some instances — and get into the domestic market before any LENR products show up there. While Steorn says Hephaheat is based on Orbo technology it doesn’t sound like it will be marketed as an overunity product — just a lower cost domestic water heater.
As always, I watch Steorn developments with interest, but still await more confirmation in regards to the validity of their claims.