Nordtank reports that it has won a much sought after German design prize for its 1.5 MW machine. The iF Product Design Award 1997, Industrial Products Category, was awarded to the turbine for its "innovation and modern industrial design," reports Nordtank. The 1.5 MW turbine was designed in collaboration with the Jacob Jensen Design company of Denmark, responsible for the appearance of products such as Bang and Olufsen televisions and a telephone series exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. "The aim was to create an attractive turbine which did not dominate the surroundings. Once completed, it should stand as witness to a carefully considered design," says Nordtank. The official presentation of the prize by Industrie Forum Design, Hannover, will be made at the Hannover Trade Fair on April 14. The 1.5 MW turbine, with a tower height of 60 metres and weighing 193 tonnes, is too big for the average Hannover exhibition hall so Nordtank will participate with a 1:40 scale model instead.
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