July 24, 2014
A Rocket Scientist Designed A Saucepan That Boils Water So Fast, You Can Watch It (Adele Peters, 7/24/14, Co.Exist)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2014 4:49 PMThomas Povey's day job usually involves designing jet engines, not kitchen gadgets. But when the Oxford University engineering professor was on a camping trip, he started thinking about how to make a pot that could boil water faster. A few years later, the idea has morphed into a series of ultra-efficient indoor pans that save energy and time on gas stoves. [...]For many people, the most obvious draw of the pots and pans might be the fact that you can cook much faster with them--in tests, water came to a boil 3.3 minutes faster than in a normal pot. But the energy savings are also large."A conventional pan of the same size uses 44% more gas," explains Povey. "This is quite a significant saving, but also gets people thinking about energy consumption with a product that is very visibly consuming energy--unlike the invisible energy of most of appliances like dishwashers and fridges."