Think gravity battery.
A direct drive AC high torque would be good to keep the RPM's and maintenance low. Any experts on motors here?
To achieve 100 kW, you would need to lower a certain weight of mass m for certain height h during certain time t:
This equation ties these three values together. If you want to use a motor as a generator, it is hard to tell which model is better because motors are designed to work as motors, not generators, although they can produce energy.
You will need more energy to lift this weight back up. Only a proper experiment would shed light on it.
Imagine you want to lift 900 kg for 50 m with a 100-kW motor. This will take a time of
DC motors can work as generators. Synchronous AC motors can work as generators.