Is it possible or make sense to run an AC wind generator directly into an electric heater ?

I was wondering if it would be possible to run an AC generator directly into an electric heater or water heater instead of using a DC generator to batteries. If this is possible or if makes sense to do, what would be the best motor/generator to use with a VAWT system. TIA.

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jeff-o8 years ago
It takes a huge amount of power to heat water (or anything, really) - how big is your generator? Solar is probably a better alternative. Perhaps you could combine the two so they can work together...
ANDY!8 years ago
It could. If you do, make sure the heater can take various voltages and amperes. Or else it could blow up or not work. You could try making a solar heater or something.
NachoMahma8 years ago
. It is very possible, but you will probably need some type of controller to keep from boiling your water on windy days. . Resistive heating elements don't care if they are being powered by AC or DC.
Since the very coldest days tend to be those days with the least wind, I would try to insert a battery bank 'twixt generator and heater.
dans123 (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
thx for replies.. .will probably wire into electric heater....and use DC to batteries as suggested. Has anyone seen any plans for a VAWT and a generator that will work with it. I see many pics and videos but have not seen any plans...
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