An Irish company, Steorn, claims to have invented an energy-generation technology that operates at greater than 100% efficiency. In other words, a Perpetual Motion machine. They are seeking validation from respected physicists.
Now, I don't mind fools being parted from their money. But its a bit sad that some permaculture proponents buy into this sort of bullshit. As a long-time practitioner of permaculture design principles, I firmly believe that the basis of permaculture design is a firm and clear understanding of the fundamentals of thermodynamics.
Even if one does not have a clear grasp of energy principles, pure logic tells us that all the "free energy" machines and theories have to be a load of bollocks: If I could build a machine that generates "free energy" (or, at least, more energy than it consumes) I would not need to "convince" anyone that it works; I would not need to "seek validation" from physicists or anybody else. All I would need to do is build just one, and start generating energy. Then, with the money I earn from teh first one, I would build another one. Then another one, and another, and another. Investors would flock to fund me because I would be showing a positive return. In short order I would take over the world. (Not that I want to - sounds too much like work - but I could!)
So the moment a company "seeks validation" of their Perpetual Motion machine, I don't suspect, I know: Some con-artist is looking to fleece some unwary investor.