so I found a "paper" while looking up "Bedini SSG Free Energy generators".
Basically an electrical energy source is used to spin some magnets, which induce current in some coils. This current is used to charge a battery. Obviously this is a terrible waste of energy, but apparently some people claim that the power consumption of the whole thing would be less than the power that goes into the battery.
Now what I find confusing is that here is a paper by three people (students?) in a "Centre for Electrical Power Engineering Studies", that has been published at the IEEE "Power Engineering and Optimization Conference", in which two different designs of "Bedini Free Energy Motors" are compared.
It says "This type of free energy generator can be one of an alternative way to replace the non-renewable energy sources that will run out in future."
They conclude that their design improves on the original free energy generator design, while simultaneously debunking the concept, but without acknowledging that.
They also propose that fans are a great use of this technology!
@s_ol it can be astonishingly easy to present whatever you want at a conference, especially niche ones, as long as you keep your abstract pleasantly vague or are a sponsor. Remembering the Crown Sterling debacle at Blackhat a couple of years back:
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