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Flare pan design based on Oxford University technology
Flare pan design based on Oxford University technology
Photo: Lakeland

Pan-tastic: cook with 40% less energy

Pete Wilton

Oxford research into high-efficiency cooling systems for next-generation jet-engines has led to a new design of cooking pan that uses 40% less energy.

The 'Flare pan', based on research by Thomas Povey of Oxford University's Department of Engineering Science, has just been launched by kitchenware firm Lakeland.

Thomas worked with Isis Innovation, the University's technology commercialisation company, to license the new technology- the pan’s finned design ensures a more even heat distribution, speeds up cooking, and so lowers energy consumption.

The new pan has already won an award from The Worshipful Company of Engineers: you can read more on the Isis Innovation news pages or watch the Lakeland video below where Thomas explains the science behind the technology.