Are MME Microturbines the next generation of energy sources for luxury yachts?

The owner of the 44m sailing yacht Lethantia (ex Borkumriff III) was looking for an alternative energy source for his yacht. Something what is more quiet and cleaner than diesel generators and what has no oil smell. He found the solution at the California-based company Capstone Turbines – the world leader of low emission microturbines.

The owner of Lethantia replaced the traditional diesel generators with the Capstone microturbine. It’s the ideal alternative. No, it’s better than traditional generators. It’s quieter (more enjoying a yacht while sailing or at anchor with a yacht), low emission and less maintenance and operation costs. A diesel generator needs maintenance in 250 or 500 hours intervals resulting in engineer’s time, need for consumables (lubricant & filters) and waste oil. The Capstone micro turbines only need maintenance in 8000 hours intervals and consist mainly of cleaning of the air filter.

Interview with the Founder of MME Microturbines and owner of sailing yacht Lethantia

Microturbines aren’t very new. So it’s tested with thousands of operating hours.

The owner founded the company MME Microturbine Marine Energy. MME is an authorized OEM of Capstone Turbine Corporation with worldwide exclusivity for Superyachts. The company is based in the south of Germany.

Skyfall – the next Staluppi yacht by Sunrise Yachts will also be fitted with a Microturbine by MME.

Key Features at a glance


  • No vibrations or structure-borne noise
  • Quiet, with no exhaust noise
  • High levels of reliability


  • Very low emissions levels (less than 1.18g/kW NOx*) and no exhaust after treatment
  • Patented air bearings: no lubricants oil disposals, or water line oil slick
  • Combined heat and power is used to create a highly efficient solution


  • Only one moving part: reduced maintenance and increased precision
  • Least frequent maintenance requirement on the market, with an 8,000-hour service interval
  • Remote control and monitoring