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You are here: > News > December 15, 2009

Steorn's e-Orbo self-looped electromagnetic motor demonstration underway

The long-awaited, public demo of electromagnetic overunity that is self-looped to keep itself running continuously, is now under way, with Steorn's e-Orbo being shown at Dublin's Waterways Centre. A D-cell battery powers the motor and is recharged by it continuously.

Synopsis, as of Dec. 17, 2009; 8:15 am
Not impressed.  The battery could easily run this thing for days, and the breakdowns and at least one stop don't do anything to prove that the motor is self-sustaining (drawing extra energy from somewhere).  Alas, no skeptics have been won over through this one, yet. -- Sterling

Steorn CEO, Sean McCarthy explains the e-Orbo technology that is now on public display.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Copyright © 2009
We were the first news service to report on this development.

Commencing this morning at 7:00 am GMT at the Waterways Centre in Dublin, Ireland, Steorn is publicly demonstrating its new "e-Orbo" electromagnetic overunity, self-looped motor for the world to see.

The motor sits on a clear plastic stand in the middle of a room, so that you can see that there are no wires running to or from the device.  The only wires go to and from a D-cell battery that sits next to the device and is recharged by the device, making it spin continually without ever stopping.

A Steorn press release states:

Orbo technology, which has been in development for six years, provides free, clean and constant energy at the point of use. It can be engineered to power anything from a phone to a fridge to a car. It is controversial because it is an "over-unity" technology, meaning that it produces more energy than it consumes without the degradation of its constituent parts.

The Steorn website invites people to come view the demo in person.  Admission is free.  

For those not able to travel there in person, a live stream is available from the Steorn website; and the public is allowed in to view the device in operation during the hours the centre is open.  A webcam will be live 24/7 through the duration of the demonstration, which is scheduled to run from December 15-23, 2009, then from January 5-31, 2010.

According to Steorn, the motor will run for the entire duration without the battery being replaced -- something that would never happen under normal circumstances, hence demonstrating that the device is somehow keeping the battery charged -- the very battery that is running the device.  The only caveat on that claim is that because this is a prototype, it is prone to mechanical or other failures, and parts may need to be replaced during the demonstration.

Perpetual Motion?

Normally this would be called "perpetual motion," but I don't think of it in those terms.  The way I see it is that if this is indeed a legitimate system, then it is somehow harnessing energy from the environment -- some kind of unseen electromagnetic force that is free for the taking.

Scientists around the world will be scratching their heads about this demonstration by Steorn, to come up with an explanation of how this could be happening. It may in time change the physics books; but more importantly, it may change the public mindset that for too long has been closed to such possibilities, even though garage tinkerers and serious inventors have been coming up with stuff like this essentially since Nikola Tesla.

Live Feeds

Here is the feed from one of their live cameras:

Watch live streaming video from steorn at

Here is a live view from the top:

Watch live streaming video from steorncam2 at

This electromagnetic version is one of two variations of the effect discovered by Steorn in 2003.  The other variation involves just magnets, with no electrical input at all. It appears that Steorn and the engineers who have been assisting them as part of a development group, decided to first demonstrate the electromagnetic version.

Sean McCarthy explains the overunity concept in front of Dublin's Waterways Centre.

Steorn brings a stature to their presentation that has gotten the world to sit up and take notice, notwithstanding their failed demonstration of three years ago.  Even though most coverage to date has been negative and highly skeptical, nevertheless, Steorn has received widespread coverage.

This latest development will no doubt get the world talking.

Bear in mind that even if the concept is sound, an important milestone still to be achieved, is to derive a practical configuration for implementing the concept that is cost-effective and reliable.

Steorn invites inquiries into development and licensing of the technology.

"What we're offering is not just some new, cool technology.  It is a real opportunity for us as a species, and us as a society, to change everything." -- Sean McCarthy


Here's the explanatory video by Steorn, found on their home page.

How it Works

According to the explanation video, the e-Orbo consists of two components.  The first component is a motor that looks like a traditional pulse motor in which an energy reservoir (the D-cell battery in this case) that energizes the coils to push the magnets causing rotation.

The rectification circuit is basically a diode.

The second component is a generator with pick-up coils for generating electricity as the magnets pass by the electromagnets around the periphery, converting the kinetic energy from the rotation of the motor into electrical energy to feed back into the battery with a simple rectification circuit.

From a systemic point of view, the motor is producing rotational energy, electrical energy, and heat as the net products.  Hence, McCarthy states that the overall production of energy is in a 3:1 ratio.  Three units of energy produced for every one unit put in.


Next e-Orbo Demo Jan. 8 12, 17:00 GMT

The following information was sent to Steorn's emailing list Jan. 5, 2009 8:46 AM Mountain. UPDATE

Steorn invites you to visit for the second in a series of live talks and experiments regarding Orbo Technology.

Subject: " Steorn's Orbo Electromagnetic Interaction COP >1"

Description: "Sean McCarthy, CEO of Steorn, will discuss Steorn’s Orbo electromagnetic interaction and 
demonstrate that the Coefficient of Performance is greater than 1."

Who should attend: "Anyone interested in understanding Orbo Technology or taking up an Orbo Technology Developer License on 1st February 2010."


For many years Steorn has developed technology to help combat counterfeiting and fraud in the plastic card and optical disc industries.

In 2003 Steorn undertook a project to develop more efficient micro generators. Early into this project the company developed certain generator configurations that appeared to be over 100% efficient. Further investigation and development has led to the company's all-magnet motor technology which allegedly produces free energy. (Ref.) The technology is patent pending.

On July 4, 2007, Steorn ran a widely publicized demo of their free energy prototype at the Kinetica Museum in London, promised to be streamed live around the world; but it opened with the device not working, spurring much skepticism. (Ref.)

On Feb. 4, 2009, they lifted the curtain once again, this time soliciting teams of engineers and commercial interests to become part of a developer group who will take a working principle and build embodiments which can then be implemented through license. (Ref.)

On June 21, 2009, the Jury selected in 2006 to review the Steorn technology issued the verdict reached by the end of 2008, namely that the technology does not result in energy gain. Notwithstanding the experts' negative conclusion, Steorn remained optimistic that they would have a production model ready by the end of 2009. (Ref.)

On Sept. 27, we reported that the company plans to demonstrate their technology via live video by the end of 2009.  This demonstration in Dublin is the apparent fulfillment of that expectation.

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Motor Stopped

On Dec. 15, 2009; 6:35 pm Mountain time, Sterling wrote:

I just noticed that the Steorn demo is not spinning, Live Stream, View 1, with ~400+ viewers watching. 

I've had it in view for most of the day on one of my two computer monitors.

Jim Dunn said earlier today that there had been a couple of times when the device had to be stopped and fiddled with.

I'm surprised that Steorn didn't have meters (current, voltage, rpm) shown and have a better way to show a net energy gain.

The predominant scientific criticism of this demo has been that "a D-cell battery could power something like that for days". 

The demo as presented doesn't seem to be convincing very many people of anything, especially with any interruptions of the rotation in so short a time.

Also, there needs to be a collective forum for those who are watching on to be able to log what they see. Otherwise how are we to know what happened during those times we are not watching? I'm seeing the thing stopped presently, but I didn't see the earlier times Jim mentioned.

If some external load were being carried, which could not be accounted for by the D-cell battery input, then they would have a convincing demo. And the bigger that load, the more rapid would be the conclusion that there is something here. The longer that takes, the less convincing this is.

As it is, with this motor sitting there stopped, it would seem to me that this demo has been another flop, performing as conventional science would predict -- nothing new here. Drat.

I should mention, too, that in the last several hours (the place is closed, I presume, for the night), someone has been coming in and taking measurements about every 15-30 minutes. I would be curious to see a graph of the rotation speed and other data that has been collected from this demo.

Resumed Out of View

p.s. After writing the above and sending it out via email, the Live Stream View 1 went to black.  That's not good integrity.  At 7:22 pm Mountain, it went to "Offline".  Live Stream View 2 is still going, but rotation is imperceptible in that view.  At 7:26 pm, it is live again, and rotating again.  What was done to get it rotating was not seen on live webcam.  Rotation appears much faster than before the above incident.  The speed had been getting quite slow.  I could see the reddish portions on the rotor passing by individually, and could have easily manually counted them.  Now they are a blur, spinning so fast.

Motor Stopped

On Dec. 17, Robert B. wrote:

I have been watching the Steorn live web cam feeds of their demo. At about 6:30 pm Thursday (Sydney Australia) I noticed that the motor appeared to have stopped having been moving in a stop start motion for a while. Shortly afterwards all 3 of the web cams went offline or black.

As I type this 8 minutes later, views 1 and 2 are black and view 3 is offline.

This demo doesn't seem to be running as smoothly as they hoped. I realize that what they are doing is not easy but I would have thought that the way to do it is to have it running privately for at least a month continuously before making it live.

I really hope their technology works out but at the moment it is looking a bit shaky.

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Need Close-up, High Quality Video for RPM Analysis

On Dec. 16, an associate wrote:

Last night I tried to put a setup to record any variation of speed during the night...
But the streaming is really bad quality...
And this morning, the raw data that I obtained are very difficult to analyze ... probably impossible ...
I'll try another method during the next few hours ...
but I just noticed that even streaming it self seem to lag from time to time ... so the video is choppy
(my software reacts badly and misinterprets data... with this kind of "not constant" frame rate.)
This approach (bad streaming, no zoom, no distinctive dark mark on the rotor, no video high quality for 1h to 3h to analyze .... etc) does not help his words...

If you find a way to get your hands on a video of just a few hours... in close and good quality ... if only;)

Please keep me informed.

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Not a Typical Pulse Motor

On Dec. 15, 2009, CLaNZeR wrote:

At first glance, to most people this may seem like a normal pulse motor. But it is not and uses Steorn's Orbo config. That's all I can really say on this because of the NDA; but if people join Steorns SKDB they will find out and see for themselves. I would say it is unique and [has] not been seen in other designs published over the years.

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Why Not Capacitor and Meters?

On Dec. 15, 2009, Jim Dunn wrote:

Sean – Congratulations on the New Demo. Hopefully this encourages others to come forth with their similar devices beginning the Free Energy (and O/U) Era.

A quick suggestion – Why not use a small ultracap instead of a battery and show the voltage changes on a scope, and true ‘looping’?

That would be much more believable, and truly show the Energy IN vs. Out ratios. You could pick a value of Capacitor like .1- 1.0F that is truly self sustaining, with little losses, whereas batteries have a relatively bad turnaround ratio (80%). You might even have a gradual increase in voltage, over time, which would be very impressive, and convincing!

Otherwise this appears to be just another Bedini motor, which we have all built and played with.

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Copying Bedini Systems Again

On December 16, 2009 6:36 AM, Rick Friedrich

I mentioned on my BM3 list just now my thoughts. I noticed one other person wrote on your pages that the new revelation yesterday was just a Bedini system. In fact it is just a copy of my 3 pole monopole kit with a different number of poles. And is just like the new 10 coiler kit coming out. Always the perfect timing I guess.

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Steorn Should Offer Rick's Kit on Their Site

On Dec. 16, 2009, Jim Dunn wrote:

Maybe Rick can get Steorn to offer his Multipole kit on their web site, along with the Steorn flux sensor and other instruments.

Worth offering since Steorn clearly hasn't a clue as to how stupid they look with the latest stunt, using a battery vs. a capacitor.

There are very few positive comments on his site, with their decision to use a high capacity battery in the design ( a AA cell might have been more believable).

This demo should easily run for at least 5-7 days with a 12-15 WH rechargeable battery, as shown in their videos.

(Assuming their motor, with it's special bearings takes .25W to run, but recovers at least 60% with the added coils, netting an ongoing drain of under .1W, it could use about 2-2.4 WH per day.  With a minimum capacity of 12WH, this should run for at least 5 days).

At least they have something turning in this demo !


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Page composed by Sterling D. Allan Nov. 14, 2009
Last updated February 12, 2010


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