Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Energy-saving pans to go on sale

A pan that uses 40 per cent less energy than conventional pans has been developed
A pan that uses 40 per cent less energy than conventional pans has been developed

A new pan that uses up to 40% less energy than its conventional equivalent is about to go on sale after years of testing at Oxford University.

The Flare pan has a finned design that channels heat from the gas flame across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted.

This results in the pan heating up significantly more quickly and cooking food faster.

The cast aluminium pan has been developed by Lakeland in conjunction with Oxford University Professor of Engineering Dr Thomas Povey, whose usual field of expertise is thermo-dynamics applied to advanced jet propulsion and rocket engines.

Lakeland said it believed the design was a world first, and offered substantial savings of time and energy consumption.

Dr Povey, who led a team of masters students to test the design over three years, said comparisons had shown a conventional pan needed 40% more energy to heat up.

The pan has already won the 2014 Hawley Award from the Worshipful Company of Engineers for "the most outstanding engineering innovation that delivers demonstrable benefit to the environment".

Dr Povey said: "I am delighted that the Worshipful Company of Engineers have recognised the engineering complexity that lies behind Flare's apparently simple design and have selected it for their Hawley Award for engineering innovation that benefits the environment."

Lakeland's buying director Matthew Canwell said: "We're always looking for new innovations that will save our customers both time and money.

"Flare does just that, and we're extremely excited to be able to bring this incredible new technology to our customers."

The pans go on sale next month starting at £49.99.

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