Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Yesterday the Free Energy Times blog published a recent question and answer session with Sean McCarthy (CEO of Steorn). Here are the highlights of that interview below. Read it in full here
FET: You have said several times that there would be a public launch of your Orbo technology before the end of 2009. Is Steorn still on track to meet that timeline?
Sean McCarthy: Yes
FET: Can you provide any information about what will be involved in the public launch – what can people expect to see?
SM: The demonstration will involve a public display of various Orbo systems, there will be a live video-stream from the location that people can watch via our website.
FET: In a statement made earlier this year you stated that before 2009, “Implementing Orbo in a reliable and consistent manner had remained a challenge for the organization” but that this year you had “had resolved the key technical problems related to the implementation of Orbo”. Can you say anything regarding the technical breakthroughs you have made?
SM: One of the key problems that we have always faced in implementing Orbo are bearings. The reason is that a typical Orbo interaction involves very strong radial forces that change direction in very small angular displacements. Hence an Orbo system built using traditional bearings is like driving your car at high speed over speed bumps – you can do it, but after a small distance you car will simply break down. The key technical advance that we have made with respect to implementation is a move away from the use of traditional bearing technologies to the use of our own passive magnetic bearing technology, ZeroF.
FET: Can the orbo effect be reconciled to currently known laws of science – or have you discovered something previously unknown that will require science textbooks to be rewritten, and old theories to be discarded?
SM: As strange as many people find this, every single part of an Orbo interaction can be explained using classical physics, except the net result.
FET: How difficult do you think it will it be for third party developers to incorporate Orbo into useful products? Does the technology have the potential for kinds of power output required for such things as transportation, construction and agriculture?
SM: Perhaps one of the most misunderstood part of Orbo is power output. In an Orbo system the power output is simply a function of the rotational speed of the system. Hence power output is scalable.
There are no theoretical limits to the power output that can be produced, however there will be a significant amount of engineering work.
FET: On Steorn’s web site you state that “Every aspect of society from finance, economics and business to education, science and politics will have to adjust to the new opportunities being created by Orbo technology”. Why do think Orbo technology is going to have such a widespread impact?
SM: The availability of free energy will change everything, the availability of free energy in the form of Orbo is even more significant since it can be engineered directly into devices, i.e. no grid connections are required. So Orbo will impact every aspect of our lives.
FET: How do you think your life, and Steorn’s life will change once the public launch has taken place?
SM: There is no doubt that once Orbo is in the market, Steorn will need to evolve into a different type of organization, from one that is involved almost exclusively in product development and research to one that will be focused on the commercial exploitation of Orbo.
FET: What would you say to individuals and companies who are very intrigued by your technology and who are eager to develop products that use Orbo?
SM: I would say that launch is not far away, that access to Orbo will be low cost and readily available. And finally I would say never let anyone do your thinking for you – get involved