. Article available in:Birgit Schnaase, Chair of the Jury, presented the prestigious DAME Award 2018 to the Triskel Marine Integrel, during the Breakfast Briefing in RAI Amsterdam on the opening day METSTRADE 2018.
A further five products were named as Category Winners and 22 received Special Mentions. METSTRADE 2018 will last until 15 November.
With such a strong field of entries this year, the choice of ultimate winner of the DAME Award was closely debated by the Jury. In the final vote, it was the obvious design effort and promising impact of Triskel Marine’s fully integrated Integrel generator replacement system that made it the most popular choice.
15 years’ research into power efficiency
Triskel Marine used 15 years’ research into power efficiency onboard boats and superyachts to create Integrel, which exploits the gap between the propeller curve and optimum efficiency of a propulsion engine, to generate power which is then stored for AC and DC use. This improves the efficiency of the fuel that is burned and avoids the need for a separate generator.
The Jury particularly noted the Integrel system’s ability to improve the environmental footprint of leisure boating today, its simplicity of operation providing long periods of quiet ship operation and its potential to be further developed for a wide range of applications.
Progress at individual company and industry level Commenting on the result, Chair of the Jury, Birgit Schnaase stated:
“The entry field once again showed signs of progress at individual company and industry level. The primary motive of the DAME Award is to promote good design practice in every aspect and the Jury was pleased to see so many examples where form and function were well balanced.
“We had a dramatic contrast in the physical size of products this year, with everything from superyacht primary systems, to the smallest clip. It is sometimes easier to admire the incredible amount of work of an engineering design team on a well-conceived complex product, but the Jury has been equally encouraged to see that same level of design detail on simple items that are often taken for granted.”
“One can grow very comfortable with long-standing solutions in our industry, but that does not mean that they cannot be improved for the experience of a boat owner, the efficiency of manufacture and the potential reduction in environmental footprint. Our final list of Winners, Special Mentions and Nominations include products that prove this point emphatically.”
METS, Marine Equipment Trade Show
METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It is organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations). The show’s target groups are yacht builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators and equipment manufacturers from around the world.
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