In fact... PROBABLY not...
Interrupting our present topic, this just came in from the Arlington Institute:
The Irish company Steorn, (www.steorn.com), in a brilliant strategic move, took out a full page ad in The Economist to tout their new energy technology – now called Orbo – which they say uses no input energy and produces usable output. They were soliciting for candidates for a jury of scientists to publically evaluate their claims. They got 4000 responses, 1000 of which were from scientists. Although initially looking for 12 jury members, they settled on 22 who are in the process of evaluating the technology and will issue a report in the fall.
As a physicist I must warn folks to be careful and skeptical.
Moreover, it is vital that the appraisal jury include not only physicists and engineers, but at least a couple of professional magicians.
Yes, you read that right. In past cases, physicists -- who are used to honest experiements -- proved to be quite susceptible to illusions that professional illusionists, like the Great Randi, were able to uncover.
Having said that, let me turn around and offer an unusual perspective... that people should watch out what they wish for.
It is one thing to vastly improve efficiency and sustainability... our cities should be covered with solar rooftops, for example. And the dogmatic-radical monsters who have undermined American science and energy research are bona fide traitors to humanity...
... On the other hand, a completely free energy source has dozens of implications that aren't likely to be pondered at first... implications that -- well -- it may take sci fi folk to conjure up.
Implications that may turn out to be very worrisome and disturbing.
All in all, I'd prefer ten million solar roofs.