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EU Funded Project Invented Infinite Energy. Seriously.

The squandering of EU money on futile, overpriced projects has a long and well-documented history. But it was all worth it! This time, tiny little Hungary reversed that nasty trend and made all that spending worth it. When the EU-funded free energy machine finally comes out of the shadow, there will be world peace!


Hungary has already spent EU funds on:

  • a 40-centimeter tall lookout tower in the tiny village of Bodrogkeresztúr (330 000 euros),

Bodrogkeresztúr lookout tower. EUR 110 000 (Photo:

  • a bicycle rack that looks like a bunch of logs for the uninitiated in Várgesztes (10 000 euros),

“Bicycle rack” in Várgesztes. 10 000 euros. Photo:

  • and a 4D cinema with only 9 seats in the beautiful hamlet of Nagygéc (2 million euros)

9-seated 4D cinema for the 10 residents of Nagygéc for nearly 2 million euros of EU funds. Photo: Átlátszó.hu

But worry not, Nagygéc only has 10 registered residents, and one of them will surely volunteer to share a seat if the need ever strikes. CORRECTION: Nagygéc has only 6 inhabitants so they will be comfy in the 9-seated cinema.

But of course, Nagygéc didn’t just receive a cinema for all that money. They also have this memorial park commemorating the “communist village-destruction” that didn’t happen. In 1970 a flood destroyed the village* and the authorities refused to put too much effort into rebuilding it because it has been on a flood plain to begin with.

Let’s just taste this sentence again: The communist authorities refused to waste money…


Nagygéc also received a memorial for all that money

Fast forward 46 years and we have EU development money giving Nagygéc not only an ugly memorial and a 4D cinema, but a Church of Survival to grieve for the loss.

Infinite energy machine

The above gems have been strong contenders for the “most inane waste of taxpayer’s money” prize – until now. But today, we announce a winner: an infinite energy machine for the insubstantial sum of 1.6 million euros. Insubstantial, considering its potential. If it ever becomes public.

A joint effort by Szkeptikus Blog and Átlátszó has discovered what is well-placed to be the most outstanding case of bureaucratic fraud and stupidity in Europe. It took them some back-and-forth with the ministry because said ministry appears to be shy about their achievement. They shouldn’t be. Because

if the paperwork doesn’t lie, we have just solved the energy crisis of the planet.

A small Hungarian company active in the environmental recycling sector has successfully applied for funds to develop a version the perpetuum mobile – in the form of a free energy machine.

You’ve heard it right. The perennial problem that cannot be solved on the basis of Newtonian physics had been solved! And it wasn’t difficult at all. In fact, that’s the first thought of every fourth grader who hears about magnets and electricity for the first time…

Remember the cat and the buttered toast? It is something like that


The theory behind it is simple, it is well-known (described in a 1998 article by Jean-Louis Naudin) and totally wrong: if you arrange two ferrite magnets at a certain angle, you supposedly generate more energy from their opposing magnetic fields than you need to move those magnets in the first place. Using that surplus energy to gear up a small engine, you may be able to get more than 100% energy efficiency – or so goes the theory. And it would totally work in a different universe with different laws of physics.

So far, so good. The history of mankind is full of wild and ambitious projects, often bankrupting their creators who pursue their dreams in the face of rejection and ridicule. What is unique in this case is not that somebody was stupid again, but that…

…an agency of the Hungarian government granted 1.6 million EUR (490 million HUF) to develop the perpetuum mobile.

The details and whereabouts of this earth-shaking invention are, however, somewhat shrouded in bureaucratic secrecy and subject to ongoing litigation between the investigative journalists and the government. Which is weird, if you think about it – they should be proud and loud about it and making victory laps in Brussels and Riyadh.

It appears that the original grant was reduced to a mere 247 million HUF (800 000 EUR), of which 85% came from EU funds and 15% from the Hungarian taxpayers. They used this money to buy state-of-the-art, albeit disappointingly traditional equipment to manufacture this fantastic, new machine. The government would neither confirm nor deny that the machine was successfully developed and refused to provide more information on the grounds of ’commercial interests’.

Don’t worry, we will keep you posted.


Project documentation – disappeared from ministry’s website since



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* Quite predictably, since it was built on flood plain and could not be defended from a breakdown of a dam on the Romanian side. Which is exactly what happened in 1970. If anything, blame the borders for the village’s misery. 

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