Free Orbo

Thanks to the single-handed efforts of Paul Lowrance, the free energy stories are getting interesting again!

At his blog,, there has been a flurry of activity. Firstly, he’s the first person outside of Steorn to demonstrate a working, over unity Orbo. He’s clearly not a member of the SKDB, and has reverse engineered the tech on his own.

He’s also shown an interesting variation on the solid state Orbo, called the Hue. It takes advantage of asymmetrical magnetic fields and manipulated saturation curves–the key of the Steorn claim.

Both Hue and his tiny orbo replication are, according to his claims, showing over unity.

The interesting thing is Mr. Lowrance is being very open about his work, sharing plans and asking any interested parties to make a test. He’s even apparently attracted the interest of an engineer at NASA.

If you care at all about free energy, you need to be reading Paul’s blog.

I’m feeling quite overwhelmed from processing all of the news coming out of Steorn today. They sure saved up a lot of announcements.

My wife’s response to the April 1st reveal: “That’s reverse brilliant!” Historically April 1st may take on a new significance as the day that free energy was truly revealed to the world.

I haven’t really had time to formulate a full breakdown, but if you’re looking for some highlights:

The permanent magnet Orbo.

This is what started it all, and what didn’t work in the 2007 demo.

According to Steorn it has to do with combining two magnets and a ferrite core. It looks simple but from all we’ve learned, to get it to rotate it probably needs pretty specific tolerances, and worse, specific timing. Without electronics governing those timings, you could see how it would take a lot of engineering to guarantee that it keeps spinning. Also, any work to derive energy out of the interactions, like, say, a pickup coil, will throw off the timing of the interactions and pull you out of the sweet spot.

I’d say we will see these made but probably as novelties. Properly built, it can spin forever. A perpetual motion machine in it’s rawest form.

More on the e-Orbo

This is the configuration Steorn showed at the Waterways and used to prove the effect. It’s an over-unity motor, meaning every rotation it gains a bit of energy instead of losing a bit. It can spin forever.

All of the test data is presented in a pretty clear and cogent way, including calorimetry data. Enough info is given on the setup that it’s clear that calorimetry was pursued, and the outcome is favorable.

I’ll write more about it in a future article, but here’s the gyst: When an orbo isn’t spinning, it gives off a certain amount of heat. When it is spinning, it gives off more heat. The only way this is possible is if the system is generating excess energy. Another overunity proof.

The bombshell: Solid State Orbo

Not a super surprise to those of us who built Naudin’s 2sGen, but a big deal coming from Steorn. As they say, the entire focus of the SKDB is on developing the solid state Orbo tech. This is what will power your phone and your car.

In the image, we see a wide ferrite toroid wound around it’s circumference, with a shitload of copper wire. This is a LOT easier to wind than the coils seen in an eOrbo, but it doesn’t require and setting up a worrying about bearings and RPM and timings or any of that.

It’s most probably a flux exchanger, meaning a pulsed current is sent into that giant copper inductance coil, saturating the core. The core then probably dessaturates and feeds more current back into that huge coil, with a net energy gain.

It was amazing to see four of five of us kooks on youtube developing the 2SGen tech. To be able to work with thousands of well qualified engineers in the SKDB? This thing will take off fast.

As noted by FET, the Steorn SKDB is now open. But to invitees, only.

This is a good sign, because clearly some people went to Dublin, made their tests, and found that the system was indeed OU and expressed interest in joining the SKDB.

This is a good sign for OU technology and for the significance of the Steorn claim.

It’s not necessarily good news for the world. How long will the SKDB be an exclusive club? If they get enough paid entries from large product developers, will the technology ever be made available for development by “the rest of us”?

Much of Steorn’s plans seem to have been hedging their bets–if they weren’t able to attract scientific or business interest, they’d have to go after the hobbyist/quack market. But clearly that’s not to be the case.

Which may all be for nought anyway. Indications seem to be that, while appearing simple, an Orbo is actually quite difficult to construct. It may not be possible to make one in a garage, or even a startup.

Imagine trying to make a hard drive in your garage.

This awesome video shows what can happen when people stop worrying about the dogma and just get down to experimenting:

Youtube user mschuckel comes out of nowhere with two great videos pushing the boundaries of what we’ve seen Orbo be capable of. By flipping the orientation of the stators 90°, he’s able to push his Orbo replication to over 5000 RPM. This may be the first time we’ll see someone not only go overunity, but actually pass their entire input voltage! We’re waiting with baited breath.

The most exciting thing here is the total realization that all Steorn has ever shown is a demo unit, a unit designed only to prove the effect and to be as transparent (figuratively and literally) as possible. mschuckel is under no such demands, and is able to push the Orbo well past the 1300 RPM mark that Steorn’s own demo units seemed limited by.

How much is hidden behind the walls of the SKDB? What else does Steorn have to share, and how much have they been holding back?

They’d better hurry and open up that SKDB; people seem to be moving ahead without them.

I just got a great comment on my 2SGen efficiency post from a reader of the hack-a-day forums. I had been calculating my efficiency really incorrectly and got a much different return than was really there.

I had separated out the voltage and amperage, and used that to make my power calculation. What I should have done is figure the power first, then subtract the power with and without the coil and compared that to the output power:

7.14V * .146 A = 1.04 watts

7.10V * .132 A = .9372 watts

Total power usage = .1028 watts pr 102 milliwatts.

Total power output = 0.004 watts or 4 milliwatts.

Not very efficient at all!

I have reconsidered and detected more errors as well. I measure the current lost in the coil without a magnet present. The magnet causes an inductive gain and reduces the amount of loss in the coil. I measured the output with the magnet, so I should have measured the input with the magnet.

As some have suggested, I’ll try and remake the circuit with a 12v bench power supply. Integrating the current pulse without a digital oscilloscope will prove to be very difficult (impossible?). I’m trying to get access to one for that reason.

JL-Naudin breaks it down again, this time with a scope shot explaining exactly what’s going on. He also confirms what I said in the comments of the last post– that the max efficiency is governed not by the magnet but by the core size and material.

The part that surpised me most was the oscillation in the blue trace- as the core demagnetizes there’s a sine wave reverbation in the signal. That up and down rising and falling field will induce extra energy on top of what you get from that first massive rise and fall.

My next step will be to get a bigger core ( my local electronics shop has some pretty huge iron powder cores ) and see what we can get out of this thing!

[UPDATE: There’s an error in the calculations below. See this post for details. I’m leaving this one up because the comments are good.]

Tonight I took some measurements with a multimeter on my 2SGen system in an attempt to determine the power output.

I’m using a tiny .75″ diameter coil and a large but relatively weak 2.5″ cermaic disc magnet. The toroid is placed directly in the air core coil and the magnet is held about .125″ above the core. The distant is optimized by hand to achieve the highest output in the multimeter. The output current is rectified with a 4148 4001 diode across the multimeter probes.

Input without coil

I disconnected the toroid from the system and took a measurement acros it’s power leads.
146 mA or .146 A

Input with coil

I reinserted the toroid into the circuit and measured between it and the ground.

132 mA or .132 A

Difference = true input energy.
0.04 V
14 mA or 0.014 A
0.00056 watts or .56 milliwatts

Energy output

As stated above, leads from pickup coil are run through a flyback diode and connected to multimeter probe.

3.2 V
1.25 mA. or 0.00125 A
0.004 watts or 4 milliwatts

Effeciency = 714%. This simple generator would seem to create 7x as much energy as it takes to run it.

Please do ask any questions or offer any suggestions as to how I may better run these calculations. It’s hard to measure a pulsing circuit.

Keep Free Energy Free.

Steorn's Orbo is going to change the world. Let's make it a change for the better.

Free Flow


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