- Category: Boats & Gear
- Created: Friday, 18 January 2019 15:52
- Written by Charles Doane
I wrote about this in my regular column in the current issue of SAIL (the February issue, which of course comes out in mid-January), but it’s something EVERYONE should know about, so I’m pimping it here too. This is a new system for managing electrical power on sailboats that Nigel Calder has been helping to develop for many years. It consists of an engine-driven DC generator--effectively a high-output “alternator on steroids,” as Nigel has put it--and a very sophisticated black-box controller that harvests untapped energy in a marine diesel propulsion engine’s power curve. It produces scads of electrical power when you run your engine to push your boat, or if necessary at idle speed, AND increases your engine’s overall health and fuel efficiency by running it at optimum load levels at all times.
A very neat trick! The Integrel system, which is being produced and marketed by Triskel Marine, has scored a perfect trifecta in this season’s marine technology awards sweepstakes. It was the overall winner in the Dame Design Awards at the METS trade show in Amsterdam last November; it is the overall winner in SAIL’s Freeman K. Pittman Innovations Awards (announced in the current issue); and it has also won Ocean Navigator’s Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award.Write comment (2 Comments)