Engineering Professor Designs Energy Efficient Cooking PanIsis Innovation, July 9, 2014
A new heat-efficient cooking pan based on research by University of Oxford Professor of Engineering Dr Thomas Povey has been launched by Lakeland today.
Isis Innovation, the University’s technology commercialisation company, worked with Dr Povey to protect his intellectual property, both patent and design rights, to win a Design Council award to complete professional design work and to market the opportunity and manage the license to Lakeland.
Dr Povey applied his research into the design of high-efficiency cooling systems for next-generation jet-engines to an everyday object which transfers heat: the domestic saucepan.
The brand new pan design considerably speeds up cooking, providing substantial savings of time and energy consumption.
Formed from cast aluminium and incorporating patented ‘FIN-X’ technology, Flare Pans are most effective on gas hobs, estimated to be used by over two thirds of the UK. The unique, patented, finned design channels heat from the flame across the bottom and up the sides of the pan, resulting in highly efficient, even heat distribution. This means the pans heat up significantly more quickly and food cooks faster, saving time and using much less energy too – in fact, an equivalent pan of conventional design was shown to need 40% more energy to heat up than a Flare pan.