Part of the book: Sustainable Growth and Applications in Renewable Energy Sources
Part of the book: Modeling and Optimization of Renewable Energy Systems
Multicriteria decision-making usually requires a set of experts to evaluate the importance of selected criteria and the adequacy of feasible alternatives according to the criteria. Uncertainty can arise in these evaluations, since experts can be hesitant about their responses due to the difficulty of quantifying human language or lack of required knowledge. The Methodology for Integrated Multicriteria Decision-making with Uncertainty (MIMDU) tackles both factors of uncertainty by using non-predefined fuzzy numbers that are continuously adapted taking into account the level of confidence of the experts’ opinions. The methodology also offers useful and complementary information to lead to a robust decision-making. This chapter proposes a novel methodology and provides a sample use case to demonstrate its capability to model uncertainty during decision-making process. In particular, a sensitivity analysis is included, which demonstrates (i) how uncertainty is incorporated into alternatives evaluation, and (ii) that the integrated multicriteria decision-making with uncertainty can be more reliable for decision-makers. The methodology is applied to the robust selection of the most sustainable technology to improve agriculture efficiency in rural areas by means of a case study of a low-cost biogas digester in a small-scale farm in Colombia.
Part of the book: Data and Decision Sciences