A water-saving invention which its Yorkshire creators say has the potential to save restaurants and hotels a fortune hits the market this week.
The Drenched Volumiser is a simple device which fits onto a tap, transforming water into an ultra-fine molecular mist which warms on contact with air and skin, saving water, energy and money.
It means users can wash their hands in just three tablespoons of water – a fraction of the amount normally used.
The team behind the device insist it could help caterers and kitchen operators trim their operating costs.
The launch comes after the Drenched team won the technical enterprise award in the national Pitch@Palace final in late 2016, where the device was not only viewed by HM the Queen, but was trialled in one of her palace taps.
Its inventor, Wes Sugden-Brook, a mechanical engineer who helps major UK manufacturers to develop energy efficiency and green technologies, says the inspiration for the device came during a spot of gardening with his wife and two children.
Looking for a way to wash their dirty hands, the 39-year-old picked up the hosepipe, turned the nozzle setting to mist and as the grime disappeared, he had a Eureka moment.
“It cleaned our hands really effectively. Something clicked in my head about surface area and physics,” he says.
“I took it back to basics; de-engineered and made the product as simple as possible. My kids were a big part of the design process. Young minds see straight to the crux of the matter and work out a very simple way of achieving something,” he explains.
“It was my daughter who opened my eyes to one of the volumiser’s most valuable assets – its thermodynamic effect. I was filming her washing her hands under the cold tap in our kitchen when she announced that when it was in place, the volumised water felt warmer. I was hopping around the room at that.”
Wes discovered such a product had never been launched before.
Patents were gained and a small amount of equity was released to a manufacturer in Europe, which is now producing Drenched technologies under license and will be soon be supplying tap manufacturers around the world.
Earlier this week the volumiser launched nationwide to the commercial marketplace via control solutions specialist Crompton Controls and suppliers Universal Office Products and Diamond Industrial.