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28th edition of DAME Award celebrates power efficiency

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Written by
Vivian Hendriksz

The 2018 DAME Award was presented to Triskel Marine's Integrel as METSTRADE 2018 opened its doors in RAI Amsterdam on Tuesday morning.  A further five products were names as Category Winners. The annual competition saw 127 entries this year from 25 countries, with 63 products shortlisted for consideration during the final judging rounds.  METSTRADE DAME 2018 AwardPhoto: METSTRADEThe jury, presided by Chair Birgit Schnaase, selected a winner for six of the seven DAME categories and from this selection an overall DAME Award winner was selected. The jury also selected 22 Special Mentions, commended as runner-up entries. During the final vote, it was the clear design and promising impact of Triskel Marine’s fully integrated Integrel generator replacement system that made it a popular choice. 15 years of research into power efficiency onboard superyachts and boats helped create Integrel, which makes use of the space between the propeller curve and optimum efficiency of a propulsion engine, to generate power which is then stored for AC and DC use. This helps improve the efficiency of the fuel that is burned and avoids the need for a separate generator.

In particular, Integrel system’s ability to improve the environmental footprint of leisure boating caught the jury’s attention, together with the simplicity of operation providing long periods of quiet ship operation and its potential to be further developed for a broad range of applications. “The entry field once again showed signs of progress at individual company and industry level,” comments Birgit Schnaase. “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.METSTRADE DAME 2018 AwardPhoto: METSTRADE"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.”  

This year's category winners are all present at METSTRADE this week. A full list of the winners and their stand location is listed below.  

OVERALL DAME AWARD 2018 WINNER
Triskel Marine Integrel
Stand 07.330E  

MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE  
Spinlock Sail Sense  
Stand 03.200-03.201  

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS  Vimar Electronic Switch 8in 7out 3M  
Stand 10.115

MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS 
In keeping with the rules of the competition, the Jury decided not to award a winner in this category after carefully considering the standard against other categories.  

DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING  
Harken CLR Mooring Winch  
Stand 12.227 and 12.327  

CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES  
Rooster® Exofleece ™  
Stand 12.907  

LIFESAVING AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT  
Shakespeare Marine GALAXY-INFL8  
Stand 02.407

MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS  
Triskel Marine Integrel 
Stand 07.330E  

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