Energy harvesting from kinetic ambient energy requires converters able to efficiently operate in the low frequency range. A limit of the solutions proposed in the literature, both electromagnetic and piezoelectric, is their operating frequency, which generally ranges from about 50 to 300 Hz. To overcome these limitations, this work proposes an innovative energy harvester exploiting two counteracting Belleville springs. Thanks to the peculiar height to thickness ratio of the springs a highly compliant elastic system is obtained, which can be used either for electromagnetic or piezoelectric harvesting. The harvester is modelled analytically and numerically both with regard to the force-displacement and to the modal response. The experimental validation of the harvester, highlights a noticeable power output but at a higher eigenfrequency than expected.

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