Steorn: Out of power

The amazing story of the Irish company that claimed it could create energy out of thin air

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
28th January, 2018
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Shaun McCarthy, chief executive of Steorn, holds up an example of its battery-power products Picture: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It all ended with an auction. After 17 years, €23 million, and a number of failed public demonstrations, Steorn, the company that had promised it could create energy from nothing in violation of the laws of thermodynamics, was finally placed into liquidation.

Last May, in the inauspicious environment of the Cookstown Industrial Estate in Tallaght in west Dublin, the company’s last assets were auctioned off by the firm of Cooney’s industrial valuers. But the contents of...

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