The constant advance in the development of piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting has demanded new implementations in the electronics field. The piezoelectric property of these materials has been considered an energy source for low-power devices; nevertheless, the units that provide energy are usually adapted to just one piezoelectric device. This aspect complicates the process, taking into account the amount of time needed for an energy harvest; therefore, this research inquired at first into the adequate piezoelectric materials for carrying out the current study. Afterwards, an energy management unit was designed, considering the connection between some modules and allowing the sourcing of an electrolytic cell for producing hydrogen and, in turn, energy. The results evidence a decrease in time charging of the energy storage unit, which allows a cell’s supply of energy in shorter time intervals, its design efficiency being about 90%, in such a way that the energy harvested through the piezoelectric devices can be used in a better manner.
- Piezoelectric device