Application of Multi-criteria Decision-making Methods in Energy Research – a Review


Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) has been widely employed in different research domains that typically involve complex decision-making problems. Energy planning is one of the most challenging contemporary development domain. Building on previous studies, the objective of this paper is to review some characteristics of recent application of MCDM in energy research. 132 articles from the Scopus database, for period 2017-2018 were analyzed in respect to ten criteria. Besides the rising trend in application of MCDM it is shown that 1) the most used method is AHP, 2) the traditional form dominates, 3) MCDM are primarily used in evaluation studies, focusing on combined energy sources or solar energy, 4) hybrid approaches are employed more than individual methods, 5) most of the MCDM methods are applied in its original form, 6) the most researched spatial level is national, 7) top-ranked journal is Energy, and 8) most articles come from China.

One Reply to “Application of Multi-criteria Decision-making Methods in Energy Research – a Review”

  1. Elson Avallone says: Reply

    The comparative analysis between the different sources of energy is very important and enlightening.
    Our research group develops studies on solar energy using modified thermal plates, evacuated tubes and we are starting a research with a Savonius turbine.
    I also invite you to visit the posters of our research group (Low Cost Cup Electronic Anemometer – Quality Management of Sugarcane focused on Efficient Bioelectricity, Ethanol and Sugar Production – Range of Porosity in Typical Regenerators for an Appropriate Balance Between Heat Exchange and Pressure Drop ).

    Thank you very much.
    Prof. Dr. Elson Avallone

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