The Irish company Steorn claims to have developed a revolutionary technology for generating free energy: Orbo. Find the latest updates below, or get the story from the beginning here.

November 12, 2015

Second webinar set for December 2nd

Steorn has announced on their Orbo Facebook page that a second webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd. According to Steorn, "the webinar will include user testimonials, an overview of some products in development and details on how to purchase the O-cube." The registration page for this webinar can be found here.

In other news:

- Steorn has also posted to their Facebook page a new promotional video "tease", in which "#ogirl" (model Rachel Wallace) has several people on the streets of Dublin tell the camera that "the battery is dead" in various languages. This appears to be part of Steorn's "viral marketing" campaign for Orbo. I'm not sure how effective it will be to use sex appeal to attract attention for a supposed new technology that already has enormous credibility issues to overcome, but Steorn has a pattern of defying expectations (and, perhaps, logic).

- On Shaun McCarthy's Facebook page, William Hand asked Shaun a number of technical questions about the new, electret-based solid state Orbo at the heart of the PowerCube. Shaun replied:

I am assuming that your questions are based on the 'leaked' video of the private webinar. While it is true that we use electrets the whole thing is a gross simplification of how we build out systems, basic physics would tell us that in a system like this, all the free electrons will gather on one plate in any closed circuit arrangement - hence creating a 'one shot' system. The example cells and descriptions are for demonstrative purpose only, building such a system would lead to a very frustrating experience! So the questions don't really apply!

- In the first webinar, Shaun McCarthy named several companies that are said to be testing the Orbo PowerCube. The name of one of these was not clear to me from the webinar audio, but a reader from Dublin reports that the company in question is Black Bear Clothing, which specializes in selling clothing at flea markets.

Finally, some news and rumors from our source in Dublin:

- Green party leader and former Irish Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan was asked whether his department had investigated Steorn's claims. While he did not explicitly answer the question, his attitude toward Steorn seemed somewhat hostile. He leveled an indirect criticism at Steorn by stating that he "had organised the painting of the second law of thermodynamics" on the wall outside of his ministerial office.

- Irish electric appliance maker Glen Dimplex is rumored to be in talks with Steorn. Glen Dimplex's products include heaters, and Shaun McCarthy did state in the recent private shareholder video that Steorn will likely soon be looking to apply its technology in that area, which is already supposedly being addressed by spin-off company HephaHeat.

October 29, 2015

New video reveals internals of Orbo PowerCube

A new webinar video has surfaced, in which Steorn CEO Shaun McCarthy appears to be talking privately with shareholders, and discussing Steorn's technology and plans in much greater depth than he did in yesterday's public webinar.

The video can be found here, but because it appears to be intended for a private audience of shareholders, there's no guarantee that it will remain accessible at that address for long.

Below I've summarized the major points.

Description of the Orbo PowerCube internals

Shaun showed the internal components of a PowerCube, described how the energy generating Orbo power pack works, and even demonstrated the process of manufacturing a simple device of this kind.

The Orbo battery (or power pack) is made up of three components: two dissimilar metals and a layer of chemical gel that sits between them. The two metals can be sheets, or "basically any physical format". Shaun compares the resulting combination of components to a galvanic cell. However, in a galvanic cell, the chemical agent would be chemically eroding the other components; but in the Orbo battery, the chemical layer is completely inert and has no chemical interactions with the magnets.

The process of producing an Orbo battery involves taking these three layers, two dissimilar metals separated by a chemical (the formula of which is "not that simple"), heating them up to just beyond the melting point of the chemical, and then very slowly cooling them, which allows the chemical gel to retain an electric field that is impressed up it. The result is that a permanent electric field is "frozen" into the gel material, with positive and negative poles. This polarized electric field then interacts with the two dissimilar metals to generate an electric current, in a way that is analogous to how the magnetic fields in the "classic" perpetual motion machine Orbo interacted with one another to generate force. The electric field frozen into the gel material works in a way that parallels the frozen magnetic fields of permanent magnets. The term for a device with this sort of permanently frozen electric field is "electret", a portmanteau of "electric" and "magnet".

Shaun states that when polarized the right way, "what you end up with is something that is positive and negative." "It doesn't matter what you do to me, I will always polarize." The Orbo battery is thus an electric field version of the original magnetic Orbo. "So it is consistent, similar, and in many ways an incredibly simple piece of technology."

According to Shaun, Steorn's first battery prototypes were built approximately 2 years ago, and are still outputting power 24/7. Shaun says, "we know theoretically these materials will hold an electric field for circa 800 years."

Shaun holds up an older generation Orbo power pack.

Demonstration of the process of manufacturing an Orbo battery. The beaker on the left contain the chemical used to separate the two magnets.

Power Density

The main challenge has been with increasing power density, the amount of power produced from a given weight or volume.

"These kinds of relatively simple batteries have a horrendously bad power to volume ratio. And what we've been working on in the two years is improving that, just by engineering it in different ways."

"What we've come down to is multi-layered thin film batteries. In the last 12 months, two years, we probably had about a 5 to 6 hundred increase in power density. In terms of a mobile phone, we're probably 2 to 3 [times] away."

Shaun demonstrated the process of combining the batteries with the chemical agent, melting them, and then cooling. He went on to state that "This is a really cheap, ugly demonstration, but the best way to understand the way these things are manufactured." They're currently being manufactured in China, using a much more automated and sophisticated process, he said.

Increasing power density is all about manufacturing process, and Shaun is confident it can be increased further.

"We have 10000 of these things that are sitting at Dublin airport right now, that have been made for us in China to our spec, and we will be discussing with the manufacturer, okay, how can we make it even smaller."

Business Plan

According to Shaun, past efforts to demonstrate Orbo and engage the public have been aimed at generating interest from the relevant industries in licensing the technology. The jury process "went on and on" and was "going nowhere from our perspective." "We considered [the] Waterways [demo] technically successful, but a commercial flop, disaster." "No one was interested from a business point of view."

At that point Steorn decided that presenting Orbo "as a platform without a real physical process was not a good idea, not the way to go."

After that they worked on heat output, and spun off a separate company, HephaHeat.

They then ran out of money, and renegotiated with their shareholders: the Steorn Orbo Trust was established, and ownership of the company was split 50/50 between investors and those inside the company.

Now, after having developed the solid state Orbo battery, and having increased its power density substantially over the past two years, they've decided to first place a product on the market, and to use that to create a better marketing position for themselves, which they can use to attract licensees for their technology.

Shaun is convinced that, more important than patents, its the brand that will protect them. "60 to 70 percent of the value of a company is in the brand." Shaun believes that by making their own way and becoming a well know brand like Apple, their product will be desired by name and remain successful even if it is copied by others.


As discussed in the public webinar, Steorn's first licensee will be Liquid Solutions, an Irish company, that will produce e-cigarettes incorporating the Orbo battery. What was only touched upon in the public webinar was the difficulty involved in this application. When Steorn began working with Liquid Solutions, e-cigarettes typically were 5 watt devices. Because they are only in use a fraction of the time, this placed them in a range that Orbo, with its low power density, could supply sufficient power for. However, since then, e-cigarettes have typically increased to 40 watts, and there is no more market for 5 watt devices. This leaves the fate of an Orbo powered e-cigarette up in the air for now, with a consortium of companies having been formed to tackle the problem and design an e-cigarette around Orbo.

USB PowerCube

The PowerCube was introduced in the public webinar yesterday, but in this video Shaun goes into a little more detail and shows off the internal components that make one up. The critical element is the Orbo battery (power pack), which appears to be a roughly 10cmx10cmx3cm white box with two wires sticking out of it. The Orbo battery "produces unusual voltage output", so it is accompanied by a regulator that converts the current to 5 volts. Next is a lithium ion battery, which is trickle charged by the Orbo, and finally the "standard bit of USB electronics."

The price, 1230 Euros, is acknowledged to "seem like a ridiculous amount of money." Shaun states that the initial buyers will be buying it "as something unique." "You're not buying it for what it does, you're buying it for what it is. What we're selling it as is, 'this represents the end of the battery'."

"Yes, we've already had people pay for it, and they're on pre-order." Of the 1000 that they currently have, they're only selling 700, in order to have replacements in stock should they be needed.

By selling those initial 700, Shaun expects to make 840,000 Euros in revenue, and will then use the profit from that to reinvest into building a next batch, and then a next batch. 50,000 seems like a reasonable number of PowerCubes to be able to sell, "but it may very well be that we'll have to drop the price."

Shaun expects Steorn to make a small profit this year, followed by a bigger profit next year.

If the PowerCube product takes off, then beyond the initial 50,000 Steorn will license the manufacturing to someone else.

Asked whether Steorn will offer repairs for the PowerCube, Shaun said that "The people who are going to be buying these are going to be taking them apart, ripping them apart. So no, we will not be offering repair services.

Components of a PowerCube. The large white box is the Orbo power pack, and its output is connected to a regulator. The silver and blue box is a lithium ion battery. In the case is the USB electronics.

iPad and iPhone chargers

Steorn has been working on an iPhone battery, and has an iPad charger currently in testing. Shaun emphasizes that "we don't want to manufacture iPhone covers or anything like that... the only reason we will do that is to put pressure on the industry to do business" with Steorn.

Shaun demonstrated the iPad charger, which is built into a folder-type case. "This will keep your iPad, for normal use I should say, pretty much pumped up." The advantage with the iPad, versus the iPhone, is that there's a lot more room to work with, which plays to the Orbo's weakness of low power density.

The expected failure rate for Orbo devices is 1 in 4, which Shaun states is the industry norm. "All mobile consumer electronics have an obnoxious failure rate."

A prototype iPad charging case, with iPad attached.


"The way we market it will be viral, will probably upset and confuse quite a few people." The Orbo will be marketed with an entirely viral marketing campaign, involving no advertisements, and no web site. "It's that lack of existence that will drive social media crazy." Hmmm... as I blog about the contents of this video that surfaced mysteriously, I almost wonder if this is their viral marketing in action.

Shaun was asked about sites such as that promote Steorn, and stated that, instead, "the best exposure we get is from the detractors."

600 shareholders, 500 Euro production cost

One shareholder asked if they could each be given a PowerCube. Shaun responded that there are 600 shareholders, and production of each PowerCube costs 500 Euros, so this would not make sense financially.

No electric cars, for now

When asked whether Orbo could be scaled up to power cars, Shaun says, "Not by us. We would make no money powering cars. It's not a lucrative market." He asserts that Ford makes less money from each car sold than Apple makes from each iPhone sold. "It's not on our radar, because money is what we're attempting to do right now."

Corrections 10/30
- Corrected caption of first image: Shaun is showing an older battery, not a magnet.
- The Orbo is composed of two dissimilar metals, not magnets.
- It is the chemical gel that has a permanent electric field frozen into it upon cooling, not the metal components.

October 28, 2015

Orbo said to hit market in December

The first in Steorn's series of webinars took place today, and it packed a lot of information into its roughly 45 minutes. The headline, though, is that Orbo is (according to CEO Shaun McCarthy) finally going to be offered for sale, in December, with first shipments planned before Christmas.

The Orbo O-Cube

Here's a summary of the main points of today's webinar:

- The webinar began with a prepared video, apparently shot in Slattery's Pub, in which Shaun McCarthy spoke with one of Steorn's major investors, Pat Corbett. In this interview, Shaun summarized the history of Steorn and was unsparing in describing the events of the past few years. "We failed with the jury, failed with the London demo, failed to show anyone anything convincing, failed to put a product on the market -- twelve tears of failure, Pat's driving around the country taking money from people." Despite this history, Pat Corbett is absolutely certain that the Orbo technology works, and for him the reason is that he's had an early PowerCube running in his car for a month, and that "shouldn't work". According to Mr. Corbett, "Does this work? Of course it does. I think the real question is, can we turn this into something?"

- Next, the Orbo O-Cube was shown and described. It has one USB connection that outputs 2.1 amps, and can be used to charge a phone or tablet. It is composed of three components: the Orbo power pack itself, a lithium ion battery that the power pack constantly trickle charges, and the USB outlet electronics. The battery can be fully drained, but the Orbo power pack will proceed to gradually recharge it. It is expected to produce roughly two full smartphone charges in a 24 hour period.

Steorn shows off the O-Cube

- The O-Cube will go on sale in December, will cost 1200 Euros, is covered by a 12 month warranty, and will only be available directly from Steorn.

- Shaun then talked about two companies that are early adopters of the Orbo technology: a guerrilla marketing firm called RabbitHole (of which Steorn is a client), and an Irish clothing company with a name that sounds something like "Brick Baron".

- Next Shaun talked about a third early adopter company, and showed another prepared video in which a representative of that company speaks. The company is Liquid Solutions, and they produce e-cigarettes and related "Wicked" e-juice products. Shaun later states that Liquid Solutions is expected to bring the first licensed Orbo product to market, an e-cigarette that does not need recharging, in about six months.

- The next planned webinar will discuss other types of products that Steorn plans to embed the Orbo in. No date was given for the follow up.

Shaun takes questions

The prepared part of the webinar was then followed by a question and answer session, in which Shaun responded to questions posed live by viewers. A summary of some of Shaun's answers:

- Shaun acknowledges that 1200 Euros is expensive, and explains that this initial O-Cube device is not aimed at a mass market, that most people would not be able to afford it or be interested in it, but those that do buy it will be getting a piece of history.

- No, the Orbo is not an energy harvesting device. it can be run in a Faraday cage, or a calorimeter, and it can be shown that it is producing more energy than it receives from the environment. They have precluded all forms of kinetic charging and classic energy conversion.

- The O-Cube has no moving parts; it is fully solid state. If a part moves, it's because you broke it.

- The device can be taken apart, and the Lithium battery can be replaced. This is important because batteries have a limited number of charge cycles. The Orbo powerpack itself is sealed, and if opened, the warranty will be voided.

- In response to being asked what the energy ratio of the device is, Shaun responds that this is not an appropriate way to think about it (meaning, I expect, that it takes no energy in and so its output cannot be expressed in terms of a ratio). The Orbo powerpack produces a constant 0.4 watts that is used to trickle charge the lithium ion battery.

- When asked about the estimated lifespan of the product, Shaun states that they've had Orbo batteries under constant load for approximately two years, with absolutely no degradation. The lifespan of the product itself will be determined by the lifespan of the battery and electronics, which can be replaced.

- Asked about Orbo's potential for generating kilowatts of electricity, Shaun says "we don't see a lot of opportunity at the larger scale", and goes on to state that others are working on this problem, and good luck to them, but Steorn's focus has always been on mobile consumer electronics. I interpret this to mean that they have not succeeded in scaling up the effect substantially in a practical way.

- Asked about HephaHeat, Shaun states that it is being developed by a separate company that was spun off from Steorn approximately three years ago, and that he's not going to talk about it. "I'm aware that they are themselves getting ready to launch a product, but that has nothing to do with us."

- Multiple units can be daisy-chained to increase power output.

- When asked why the O-Cube will have only a 12 month warranty, Shaun states, "In the volumes we're producing, these are expensive to produce. Twelve months is standard in this industry... the components that will break in here are the same that will break in any consumer electronics. We expect failure rates to be fairly high -- 25%."

- While Steorn is producing this first O-Cube product themselves, "these kinds of devices will ultimately be licensed out and produced by others."

- The weight of the O-Cube is roughly 0.3 kg. A lot of that weight is in the case, which is made of heavy aluminium.

- The Orbo is not "geo-sensitive". (Meaning, I think, that it's not dependent for its function on where on the planet it is located?)

- There will be no volume discounts.

- Steorn will not be making a lot of profit per device.

- There's an upper limit of 50,000 O-Cube units that will be produced, but Shaun doubts that sales will hit that figure. "This is small stuff."

The one piece of this story that I can independently verify is that the e-cigarette company that produces "Wicked e-juice" has been promoting an Orbo based e-cigarette for some time. An alert reader pointed me to a page on their site back in November 2014, that advertised an e-cig pen "without the need to recharge", that is "powered by Orboost". That page has since been taken down, but is available on here.

When I found out about this I sent a message to Shaun McCarthy asking if this was related to Orbo. He responded:

nope, nothing to do with us, I prefer to smoke real cigarettes! Shaun

On the one hand this shows that the e-cigarette company introduced in the webinar, and its interest in Orbo technology, is real. On the other hand it demonstrates that Shaun is a liar, but it could be said this was a justifiable fib in defense of company secrecy.

This appears to (finally) be the turning point for Steorn. Their options now are either to:
1) Delay further and never accept O-Cube orders. (This would be perhaps most in keeping with their pattern thus far.)
2) Accept paid O-Cube orders but never deliver O-Cubes. At that point they would be guilty of outright fraud.
3) Accept paid O-Cube orders and deliver O-Cubes that don't work as stated. Again, this would make them guilty of fraud.
4) Accept paid O-Cube orders and deliver working O-Cubes. This would be the unlikely beginnings of an enormous scientific and technological revolution.

Still at this late date, there are good reasons to support very different interpretations of Steorn's actions. If this were not an "impossible" product they're promising, it would seem like a run of the mill marketing effort by a small amateur start-up: confident users and investors, a quick demo, and a call for action. The webinar could easily have fit in on Kickstarter. But it is "impossible", or at least it flies in the face of an enormous amount of basic scientific knowledge. On top of this is Steorn's long history of delays and misleading statements, and the oddly small scale and eccentric nature of Orbo's supposed early adopters. A clothing company? A small time e-cigarette company with a shoddy web presence? Steorn's own marketing firm? This is not how I would imaging an unparalleled energy revolution would begin. But then again, this hasn't been done before. In any event, all speculation will hopefully be moot in short order. Not just when the eternal "soon" arrives, this time, but (according to Shaun anyway), in at most two months.

The full webinar video can be found here.

September 29, 2015

Steorn live webinar to offer Orbo PowerCube demo on October 28th

Exciting news courtesy of this announcement at Free Energy News:

Steorn is planning a live webinar on October 28th, to discuss and demonstrate their new Orbo PowerCube device. According to the announcement, Shaun McCarthy will be answering questions, "The various components of the Powercube will be shown and how they work together will be explained", and most intriguingly, "there is also a possibility the Powercube will be offered for sale" at some point during a planned series of webinars, of which this will be the first.

All are invited to register for the webinar, and may do so here by entering a first name and e-mail address.

After years of silence followed by a series of occasional hints and glimpses that something was going on behind the scenes, this is the most exciting news we've seen from Steorn in a long time. Their track record for public demos has been discouragingly poor thus far, with the disastrous Kinetica demo of 2007 being followed by the unconvincing Waterways demo of 2010. If this demo likewise fails to be compelling, then, even though they don't have much credibility left with outside observers, they still have something they'd stand to lose: the remaining confidence of their private investors. In a recent Irish Sunday Times article, Shaun McCarthy stated that "We are way behind and I would say the underlying feeling of shareholders is one of frustration. We didn't expect to still be here at this stage of development."

If they produce another spectacular failure, this just might be the end of the line for them. On the other hand, providing a convincing demo, by itself, isn't likely to gain them much. Only when (and if) Orbo makes it out there onto the market, and is able to be torn apart and tested by many other people, will the scientific and business communities start taking them seriously. If that's what Steorn is about to do, and if they manage to pull it off... well, that would change everything.

September 27, 2015

Sunday Times reports that Orbo rollout has begun

A new article about Steorn has been published in the Irish paper, The Sunday Times. It's behind a paywall, but has been summarized by Frank Ackland at E-Cat World, here.

Ackland summarizes the main points of the article as follows:

— Company filings last week show that 2.1 million Euros was recently raised by Steorn from individual investors and an investment trust.

— CEO Shaun McCarthy states that they have begun to sell small quantities of Orbo devices, and anticipates Steorn will generate a small profit this year.

— The company’s focus is to license its technology in the consumer electronics market. McCarthy is quoted as saying, “You put this in your product and you never have to recharge it. A ballsy statement, I know.”

Update: Much appreciation to our source in Ireland for sending this scan of the full Irish Sunday Times article (click to enlarge):

September 27th, 2015 Irish Sunday Times article on Steorn (click to enlarge)

May 12, 2015

Pub "field test" ends early

Apparently this past weekend's debut of Steorn's Orbo PowerCube wasn't intended to be a public demonstration at all, but rather a quiet field test of the new technology. That plan was thwarted when Slattery's Pub posted about the event on their Facebook page, and the information was picked up and spread by eager followers of the Steorn story. With all the unwanted attention, Steorn aborted their field test, and took back the device.

According to a comment on Slattery's Facebook page:

The device is no longer here. A little too much attention for a quiet field test. I may have gone over the top posting about it so my bad. I'm hoping that we can get her back under more strict media conditions but Slattery's Pub not exactly a quiet pub hence the perfect place to display it.

As usual, Steorn's actions can be read in several different ways.

On the one hand, ending a public demo after a few days is compatible with the skeptics' theory that Steorn is drawing out an elaborate charade, pretending to develop a revolutionary device so as to continue bilking investors. Staging this demo was part of that charade, and it was ended on the false pretense of "too much publicity" when in fact it couldn't last more than a few days, before the "Never-Die Battery's" own internal battery would run out.

On the other hand, the lack of any mention of Orbo's pub appearance by Steorn, the peculiar locale, and the disappearance last week of Steorn's web site, are also compatible with the story that this was never intended to be a demo at all, just a field test of a technology that's not quite ready for market. We know from updates on CEO Shaun McCarthy's Facebook page that Steorn worked with a PR firm a few months ago and developed new logos and slogans. From this point of view, we should soon see a relaunch of the Steorn web site and brand, hopefully accompanied by some genuine demonstrations of their new product (or products... don't forget HephaHeat), and, just maybe, commercialization.

UPDATE 5/14/15

Today's Irish Times business section featured a brief article about the aborted Orbo field test, Self-charging battery causes a stir in Dublin pub test. The article includes a couple of terse comments from CEO Shaun McCarthy:

Steorn chief executive Shaun McCarthy told The Irish Times: “We are not offering any Orbo products for sale, we are just doing some basic field trials.” In addition, Mr McCarthy said the company is not publicising the locations of the field trial units

Not much new there, except for the possible implication that there are multiple Orbo field tests either planned or going on right now.

May 8, 2015

Orbo Power Cube demo weekend updates

This weekend's demo of Steorn's Orbo Power Cube has begun. I'll add updates to this post as they come in.

This demo has received very little publicity -- so far as I know, the closest thing to a public announcement of it has been on the Slattery's Pub Facebook page. There was no mention of it on CEO Shaun McCarthy's Facebook page, or even on the Steorn website itself, which was mysteriously replaced with a blank white page early yesterday.

Friday evening in Dublin, an update was posted on Slattery's Facebook page, with a comment and a short video (see it here). The comment reads:

Our mate ‪#‎ORBO‬ just arrived. This was our first touch. The box has an extra diagnostics kit so normally half the size. We will keep it here and test this revutionary product ‪#‎madeinireland‬ and creatively powered by ‪#‎Guinness‬

The video shows the sleekly designed "Orbo"-branded box, a roughly 5 inch cube that looks like it would be right at home among Apple products. Some men talk enthusiastically as they plug a mobile device into the box's USB port, and, after a few seconds, celebrate as the device acknowledges that it's receiving a charge.

According to the comment, this Power Cube is twice the size of the standard product, so that it can fit some extra diagnostic equipment. Of course that leaves further room for doubt, as there could be enough LiON cells packed in there to charge a few devices without violating any laws of physics. Other possibilities for "cheating" could include taking the device into a back room every so often for "maintenance" or "diagnostics", and switching out batteries; hiding a wire; or even wireless inductive charging through the tabletop. So, this demonstration will not satisfy any skeptics. But then again, satisfying skeptics doesn't appear to be even a consideration this time around; if it were, then besides adding quite a bit more in the way of controls and transparency, they probably wouldn't be holding the demo in a pub.


The demo did continue on through the evening. My source in Dublin stopped by, and had this to report:

I went to Slatterys, the staff were jokey, first saying it was all top secret, then they told me they had built a "nest" about 10 feet above the counter behind the bar so no one could touch it, to house the "never die battery". I could see the nest of green leaves. They focused a light on this nest, and then, accompanied by some ceremonial music, placed an about 4 inch by 4 inch silver paper box marked ORBO into the nest, with a lead out of it, seen to be charging a mobile.

No one, but me was interested.

As far as I know, no one from Steorn attended, but I was gone by 7 pm.

Slattery staff tell me the nest is symbolic, the nest will rot soon, the battery is ever lasting, they say, while it will deplete, Steorn's perpetual energy, presumably Orbo, will regenerate that battery.

I was amazed that there was no journalist that I recognized at Slatterys, but there may have been confusion, there is another Slatterys in Capel St. some miles away, all of the above was in Slatterys in Dublin 4.

I must go back to that local Slatterys within a few weeks to see whether they are still charging phones for free.

While the box appeared to him to be made of silvery paper from several feet away, he agreed that it likely was metal, instead.

Slattery's posted the following update on their Facebook page at the end of the night:

Well tonight was really interesting. We had many people in that sat down in groups and had come in to see ORBO in action. She didn't dissapoint. She charged many phones iPhone and Samsung types some HTC. The recharge speeds were more or less as normal if you used normal plug source. I'm at home now but I will be in at 11 tmrw to plug in a phone and I will let you know how it goes. Orbo will not move from its location. I am as skeptical as anyone out there. If it's still operating like this in a week I know ppl will say that I'm "micro dosing" it with power. There is no way to charge it.To be honest I have no vested interest. If it fails I can slag Shaun about it during a poker game!

Here's a photo From Slattery's, of the Never Die Battery in its "nest" of leaves:

And here's a closer up image, from Shaun's Facebook page:

May 6, 2015

Steorn set to demo Orbo battery Friday, at Slattery's Pub

After a series of failed or unconvincing demos in past years, followed by a long period of near silence, Steorn is set to return to the public eye this Friday with the first public demonstration of its Orbo-powered "Never Die" battery.

If it were to work as promised, this would of course be one of the most revolutionary inventions in history; in unabashed Steorn style, then, they plan on intoducing it to the world at CEO Shaun McCarthy's favorite watering hole, Slattery's Pub.

The sole source for this announcement so far has been on Slattery's Facebook page. It reads, in part:

Come down to Slattery's Pub this week and witness this Black Beauty charge ppl phones or laptops without ever needing a recharge or external power source. Orbo's Power Cube is real magic.

It also features the following photo of the purported magic cube:

More coverage to follow, as events unfold (or else fail to) over the weekend.

March 23, 2015

Steorn back in the news; more pictures of HephaHeater

Thanks to the alert reader who let me know about this article in the Irish newspaper, The Sunday Business Post, from January 2015:

Much-scorned Steorn is refusing to admit defeat

Not too much new there, but it does give some insight into where Steorn has been getting its investment money lately, and reiterates Shaun McCarthy's confidence that they'll finally be putting out a product soon.

Meanwhile, Shaun has posted a few more HephaHeat related images on his Facebook page. These include this image, of what appears to be a pair of HephaHeaters in nearly finished condition:

Almost ready to ship?

For more pictures, check out this article on e-catworld or visit Shaun's Facebook page. There, you'll also find a video posted March 22 testing out several potential "Orbo" logos.

July 21, 2014

Orbo Nearly Ready for Market?

These days, every two years seems to be just about how often we need to peek in on Steorn in order to find anything new or interesting going on. Whatever they're up to, it's been slow and plodding work... or maybe, as some believe, a prolonged development period designed to bilk investors, where the next milestone remains always just around the corner.

There's been no new official word from Steorn itself for several years now, and its website has remained unchanged. However, trickles of intriguing information having been dripping out through CEO Shaun McCarthy's Facebook stream over the past few months. That's all we've got to go on for now, beyond Sterling Allen's visit to the Steorn office back in 2012, so I'll summarize these tidbits below.

This new series of Steorn related information began back on February 24th, 2014, with this posting:

Sometimes stuff takes longer than you want.... it's going to be a LOT of fun in the next few weeks, a lot

Comments in response to the post asked Shaun to expand on the topic, which he did:

Hehe, 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

Soon after, on Shaun's March 6th birthday, he posted the first new video of what looks like a simple original-style magnet motor Orbo in motion.

Steorn's new, old-school Orbo -- no wires.

Shaun wrote:

Some birthdays are better than others, even when you are just playing with bluetac!

Then on April 11th, Shaun posted an image of what appears to be a AA battery, with a "Steorn" label.

The prototype "Never Die" battery.

Here are a few excerpts from that post:

Shaun: Hehe, what a great Friday it is!!!
Commenter: Is that AA size?
Shaun: Nope - its no real kinda size, but it is still seriously dead cool - love Fridays!
Commenter: But it's a battery, right?
Shaun: Yep it's a never die battery
Commenter: Shaun - a never die battery? Seriously?
Shaun: Yep - never die, its a nice one!
Commenter: Is this a prototype? How far away from being able to buy one?
Shaun: Just prototype - no idea when we will make it available, but for sure not this year
Commenter: Does the prototype shown use any of the Orbo tech principles, or is this something new?
Shaun: It's all Orbo Craig no chemicals just magnetic

Taken at face value, it looks like Steorn has been working on more than just water heaters, and trying to fulfill their early vision of Orbo as a source of electricity for mobile devices that never needs recharging.

On April 24th Shaun posted a photo of a conference room filled with empty seats.

Ready to give a demo.

The post reads:

Two weeks on the road demoing the never die battery and I could use a recharge myself - last one, roll on Friday

The comments give scant further information:

Commenter: could you post the demo on Youtube?
Shaun: We are not videoing these demos, they are pretty hands on - probably get something out in a wee while
Commenter: What kind of response are you getting from the people you give these demos to, Shaun?
Shaun: Other than 'what took you so long' the response has been brilliant

On June 29th a short but interesting video was posted that, if Shaun is to be believed, shows workers using sand molds to cast parts for HephaHeat units.

Casting a HephaHeat unit.

Finally, on June 30th, Shaun posted an image of what he claims to be a HephaHeat unit in its case.

First glimpse of a HephaHeat unit in its case.

These recent updates have been increasingly frequent and seem to show a product in the end stages of development. It's difficult to imagine that Steorn and its manufacturing partners could make it this far without realizing that they're deluding themselves about the reality of their technology, if in fact they are. Could this mean that Orbo-based products will finally be released in the near future? Or is this some kind of drawn out charade designed to string along investors? Only time will tell, and hopefully a lot sooner than in another two years.