A diversion load is a device that consumes power. It's purpose is to regulate a wind or water turbine. It loads the generator when the batteries are
full to prevent over-speeding of the blades or water wheel. Our
controller is capable of switching charging power between your batteries and your diversion load automatically.
There are many options for diversion loads. Here is a list with some pro's and con's for each.
- Light bulbs Light bulbs are not recommended simply because they burn out. A site using a
light bulb or light bulbs should never be left unattended.
- Heavy duty resistors Heavy duty resistors are recommended. They should be rated well above the
expected output from your power source. If properly selected, heavy duty resistors make an excellent choice and are reliable.
It could be considered a bonus that they give off heat, if you can make use of it.
- Heating elements Commercialally made heating elements are available for water or air heaters. They are
expensive, but make excellent use of extra power and are reliable.
- Motors are not recommended.