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

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-o

9 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...

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ANDY!

9 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.

. 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.

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...