Oxford University researchers have developed and tested a cutting-edge pan that reduces energy used in cooking by 40 per cent, using principles developed for jet engines and rocket propulsion.
The Flare pan, a joint project of an Oxford University team led by Professor of Engineering Thomas Povey and kitchenware seller Lakeland, will go on sale in the UK next month with a price tag of £49.99.
The cast aluminium 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. As a result, the pan heats up more quickly and cooks food faster.
The pan, which has been developed by a team of Masters students supervised by Professor Povey, whose usual field of expertise is thermodynamics applied to advanced jet propulsion and rocket engines, has previously 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."
Lakeland said it believed the design was a world first, and offered substantial savings of time and energy consumption.