Liverpool-based 2D Heat has developed a technology for thin, low-energy electric heating elements using a spray-on process which applies a conductive coating.
The company claims the method produces elements that are cheaper to make and use than traditional coiled wire elements. Operating at lower temperatures to generate the same overall heating effect, the technology uses up to 50 per cent less electricity, leading to reduced CO2 emissions.
The firm recently beat 129 others to be national runner up and UK Central Region winner in the Shell Springboard programme that supports low carbon emission business ideas.
Currently at the proven prototype stage, the company said the technology is initially aimed at the global £17bn domestic cooker, oven and hobs market, but has potential for many other heating applications.
2D Heat’s ‘spray on’ conductive elements can be directly applied to a variety of shapes on a wide range of flat or contoured rigid surfaces in metals, glass, ceramics or high melting point plastics. Through this method, it can create heat through slim, lightweight yet large surface area profiles, combining heat with low energy consumption and operating costs, and high carbon efficiency.
2D Heat’s novel elements heat rapidly – nearly fast as gas – and typically operate at around half the operating temperature of conventional coiled heating elements to produce the same heating effect, saving energy and reducing emissions.