Thanks to Sharrow Marine for this:

Detroit, MI, May 14, 2024 — Sharrow Marine, the industry leader in innovative marine propulsion technology, announced today that Sharrow™ Propeller, the first major advancement in propeller technology since the 1830s, has been honored with a Fast Company 2024 World Changing Ideas Award, as a finalist in the Best World-Changing Idea North America category.

The World Changing Ideas Awards is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and bold concepts that make the world better.

Since its introduction, the Sharrow Propeller has revolutionized the marine industry with its patented twisted and curved blade design that combats drag, turbulence, and cavitation in the water. It offers significant efficiency gains over traditional designs, contributing to a quieter, smoother, and more fuel-efficient boating experience while reducing carbon footprints and minimizing the impact of noise pollution on marine life.

“Being recognized by Fast Company in the World Changing Ideas Awards is a tremendous honor and a testament to the potential of the Sharrow Propeller,” said Founder and CEO of Sharrow Engineering and Sharrow Marine, Greg Sharrow. “Our goal has been to redefine the standards of marine propulsion and positively impact our industry and the environment. This acknowledgment reaffirms our commitment to innovation and sustainability, driving us to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in propeller technology.”

“I was struck this year by the global sweep of the honorees,” says Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “It’s endlessly inspiring to see how the world is coming together to devise inventive solutions to our most challenging problems. We need ideas from everywhere, and this year’s World Changing Ideas Awards are an extraordinary encapsulation of the innovation and creativity that is so abundant around the globe.”

This year’s World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 50 winners, 127 finalists, and 172 honorable mentions—with health, education, energy, and AI among the most popular categories. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners from a pool of more than 1,300 entries across climate, social justice, wellness, politics, technology, corporate social responsibility, and more.

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About Sharrow Engineering and Sharrow Marine

Sharrow Engineering, a Detroit-based advanced engineering and design firm, revolutionized propeller technology with the Sharrow™ Propeller, the first major advancement in propeller technology since the 1830s. Invented by Greg Sharrow, the Sharrow Propeller has solved the most basic problem of rotary propulsion, eliminating tip cavitation and vortices, and offering significant performance gains over traditional propellers. Sharrow Engineering holds over 150 patents worldwide and is the parent company of Sharrow Marine, which produces and sells the award-winning propeller for the maritime industry. Recognized as a TIME Best Invention of 2023 and by Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards, the Sharrow Propeller also won the 2024 Clean Technology Transportation Solution of the Year by CleanTech Breakthrough, the 2022 Boating Marine Power Innovation Award from Boating Magazine and the 2020 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award. For more information, visit

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