Oh it would be grand to stick it up the Malthusian ass of the English
Irish tech firm throws down "free energy" gauntlet
Dublin-based Steorn said it had placed an advertisement in The Economist magazine seeking 12 top physicists to examine the technology -- based on the interaction of magnetic fields -- and publish their results.
"We fully accept there is going to be cynicism surrounding this but what we're saying to the world of science is come and prove us wrong," said Steorn Chief Executive Sean McCarthy.
"The answer to the question we're posing is too big not to look," he added.
The concept of "free energy" -- which contradicts the first law of thermodynamics that in layman's terms states you cannot get more energy out than you put in -- has divided the scientific community for centuries.
The Internet is awash with claims to have cracked the problem using magnets, coils and even crystals.
McCarthy, a founder of Steorn in 2000, said the company discovered the technology while using magnets to try to devise more efficient wind generators and had spent the past three years developing it.
"We put in a small amount of mechanical energy and we get a large amount out ... but until this thing is validated by science we won't be doing anything commercial with it," he said.
**Malthus was the father of economic niggardliness. This from Wikipedia: