A multicriteria approach for evaluating high temperature hydrogen production processes
by Ouassim Galzim, Christine Mansilla, Alberto Giaconia, Sabine Poitou, Jim Hinkley, Sune Dalgaard Ebbesen, Michael Gasik, Thierry Gilardi, Francois Le Naour, Daniela Graf, Martin Roeb, Christian Sattler, Raffaele Liberatore, Pietro Tarquini, Rafael Moliner, Isabel Suelves, Daniel Gstoehl, Ulrich Vogt, Ray Allen, Greg J. Kolb
International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making (IJMCDM), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011

Abstract: Hydrogen demand has already significantly increased due to the industry needs. Mature technologies based on fossil fuels are not satisfactory due to greenhouse gas concerns. In response, a range of advanced processes are being developed throughout the world. Within the 'International Energy Agency – Hydrogen Implementing Agreement – Task 25', a multicriteria methodology was developed for the evaluation of high temperature hydrogen production processes. The aim is to guide R&D strategy by highlighting to which extent the processes may appear promising. The method that was developed is based on the elimination and choice translating the reality (ELECTRE). This study has conducted a first pass application to hydrogen production and highlights the importance of significant weightings and discriminating criteria. Decision makers can apply this method to extract their own subset of processes from the alternatives, according to their system of values defined through the selection of criteria and the associated weights.

Online publication date: Sat, 09-Apr-2011

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