High Hopes for LoCooker as Launch Date Looms for Device; APPLIANCE IS LOW ENERGY AND USES LESS WATER

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High Hopes for LoCooker as Launch Date Looms for Device; APPLIANCE IS LOW ENERGY AND USES LESS WATER


Byline: ROBERT LLEWELLYN JONES robert.jones@walesonline.co.uk

A LLANELLI-BASED company is about to launch an energyefficient electric cooking appliance set to revolutionise the catering industry.

Clyne Energy, a company set up by Ken Board, emeritus professor at Swansea University's school of engineering, and his son Alun secured funding to develop commercial prototypes of its LoCooker appliance which will start production later this year.

The LoCooker is designed for the growing sous vide market, a technique that involves cooking food in a vacuum sealed bag placed in a water bath at below boiling point but has applications beyond in general cooking.

Clyne Energy has been successful in obtaining a significant investment having secured research and development funding from the Welsh Government as well as investment from private investors.

The LoCooker, developed over the past three years by Clyne Energy with patents pending in Europe and USA, is designed specifically for the professional market including hotels, restaurants and caterers.

Professor Board said: "Initially we began by exploring environmental issues then realised there was a market for us in the food sector.

"By looking at the energy expended at home when boiling potatoes on a hob we discovered that 90% of the energy used was wasted but still has to be paid for. Spread across the country this was an incredible loss of energy."

At a briefing attended by Business Minister Edwina Hart, Professor Board explained the LoCooker's energy efficiency would make it ideally suited to the requirements of the catering industry.

He said: "In the catering industry there is a tariff charge which if exceeded businesses are charged a higher rate.

"So anything we can do to save energy saves them money on what they pay and also on their carbon emissions. …

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