Energies 2014, 7(3), 1171-1192; doi:10.3390/en7031171
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Appraising Bioenergy Alternatives in Uganda Using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)-Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a Desirability Functions Approach

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Received: 27 November 2013; in revised form: 16 January 2014 / Accepted: 7 February 2014 / Published: 26 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass and Biofuels 2013)
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Abstract: Poor access to clean and reliable energy technologies is a major challenge to most developing countries. The decision to introduce new technologies is often faced by low adoption rates or even public opposition. In addition, the data required for effective decision making is often inadequate or even lacking, thus constraining the planning process. In this study, a methodology for participatory appraisal of technologies, integrating desirability functions to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT)-analytical hierarchy process (AHP) methodology was developed. Application of the methodology was illustrated with an example for participatory appraisal of four bioenergy technologies in Uganda. Results showed that the methodology is effective in evaluating stakeholder preferences for bioenergy technologies. It showed a high potential to be used to identify and rate factors that stakeholders take into consideration when selecting bioenergy systems. The method could be used as a tool for technology screening, or reaching consensus in a participatory setup in a transparent manner.
Keywords: analytic hierarchy process; bioenergy technologies; multi-criteria analysis; decision making; participatory appraisal; developing countries
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Okello, C.; Pindozzi, S.; Faugno, S.; Boccia, L. Appraising Bioenergy Alternatives in Uganda Using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)-Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a Desirability Functions Approach. Energies 2014, 7, 1171-1192.

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Okello C, Pindozzi S, Faugno S, Boccia L. Appraising Bioenergy Alternatives in Uganda Using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)-Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a Desirability Functions Approach. Energies. 2014; 7(3):1171-1192.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Okello, Collins; Pindozzi, Stefania; Faugno, Salvatore; Boccia, Lorenzo. 2014. "Appraising Bioenergy Alternatives in Uganda Using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)-Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and a Desirability Functions Approach." Energies 7, no. 3: 1171-1192.

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