A researcher from Oxford University has come up with an ingenious new design for a saucepan using cast aluminium. The Flare Pan heats up faster, cooks food quicker and uses 40% less energy.
The pan uses uniquely-designed,
high-performance "fins" to channel heat from the flame across the
bottom and up the sides of the pan, resulting in really efficient, even
Dr Thomas Povey, who is a thermodynamics expert, usually focuses on managing heat from jet and rocket engines. He said: “The problem with the current shape of the pan means a lot of the heat is dissipated into the air. So, it is an aero-dynamic and heat transfer problem and we applied the science used in rocket and jet engines to create a shape of a pan that is more energy efficient."
The Flare Pan has already won the “2014 Hawley Award” for “the most outstanding Engineering Innovation that delivers demonstrable benefit to the environment”. The Award is given by The Worshipful Company of Engineers, a Livery Company of the City of London operating under Royal Charter.
The Flare Pan comes in 4 different sizes and is sold by Lakeland.
Source: The Telegraph