Even as the news reporter said, it defeats one of the basic laws of physics - and the owner of Steorn agrees. They came across the idea when they were working on an entirely different project a while back.
Anyway, the meaning and result of all this? The potential to run a mobile phone, laptop etc without the need to charge it - it would have its own source of power. And don't ask me how it works.
Steorn have put a challenge on their website, to all willing scientists, to prove that it actually works, and they have stated that although numerous scientists have tested the technology, no-one so far will put their name to it, for the record.
This is interesting stuff, when we have all the talk about Connexion being dropped by Boeing only a day ago, and Robert Scobles opinion that part of the reason for slow adoption of Connexion may be the fact that an average laptop battery won't last too long, especially when using wifi.
Needless to say, the introduction of renewable power sources such as this would make the possibilities for electronic devices truly endless.