Title: A multicriteria approach for evaluating high temperature hydrogen production processes

Authors: 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

Addresses: CEA, DEN, I-tese, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. ' CEA, DEN, I-tese, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. ' ENEA – Casaccia Research Centre, Via Anguillarese 301 Rome, Italy. ' CEA, DEN, DTN, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France. ' CSIRO, P.O. Box 330, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia. ' Risoe DTU, Frederiksborgvej 399, P.O. Box 49, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark. ' Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 11000, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland. ' CEA, DEN, DTN, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France. ' CEA, DRT, LITEN, DTBH, F-38054 Grenoble, France. ' DLR, Linder Hoehe, 51147 Koeln, Germany. ' DLR, Linder Hoehe, 51147 Koeln, Germany. ' DLR, Linder Hoehe, 51147 Koeln, Germany. ' ENEA – Casaccia Research Centre, Via Anguillarese 301 Rome, Italy. ' ENEA – Casaccia Research Centre, Via Anguillarese 301 Rome, Italy. ' CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castan 4, 50015 Zaragoza, Spain. ' CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castan 4, 50015 Zaragoza, Spain. ' PSI, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland. ' EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dubendorf, Switzerland. ' University of Sheffield, Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TN, UK. ' SNL, New Mexico, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185, USA

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.

Keywords: multicriteria decision making; MCDM; ELECTRE; high temperature hydrogen production; R&D strategy; research and development; performance evaluation; process evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2011.039586

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, 2011 Vol.1 No.2, pp.177 - 204

Available online: 09 Apr 2011

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