This paper investigates an experimental approach for enhancing the output power of a piezoelectric energy harvester. The proposed method adopts inductance to reduce the effect of the piezoelectric harvester’s impedance, and boost the output power. Four electrical circuits for a piezoelectric beam harvester are investigated experimentally; Simple Resistive Load (SRL), Inductive Load (IL), Standard AC-DC, and Inductive AC-DC circuits. The results show that the adaptation of inductor in the IL and Inductive AC-DC improves the output power compared to the SRL and Standard AC-DC respectively. The Inductive AC-DC circuit is shown to increase the output power by 6.7% in comparison to the existing standard AC-DC circuits.

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