A small turbine engine, similar to a turboshaft, with the main shaft ending at an internal generator. Microturbine engines can be used to power hybrid vehicles electric vehicles, and as a highly reliable source of electric power for homes and businesses. Microturbines range in size from a large unit that produces a few dozen kilowatts, to a dime-sized unit created using integrated circuit photoresist techniques.

One manufacturer of microturbine systems is Capstone, which makes self-contained generating units and turbines for vehicles. Their engines use an air bearing, eliminating the need for an oil system.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.