Our team worked together to develop a hierarchical decision model (HDM). The primary mission for this model was to determine where to best allocate funds available from the Federal Government towards research and development (R&D) on a limited subset of alternative energy sources for the Pacific Northwest (PNW). We engaged the six experts that comprised our team to evaluate the pairwise comparisons of each of the criteria for each of the four perspectives of sociopolitical, environmental, economic, and technological concerns. Four different technologies were presented as alternatives; photovoltaic (PV) solar, wind energy, micro-hydroelectric energy, and the felling of trees to produce a biomass fuel under the alternative named “Stumptown”. The net result was a preference for photovoltaic solar panels as the technology alternative that should receive funding.
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Corbett, Chip; Nguyen, Cuong; Hongchai, Dahm Mongkol; Thorat, Prajakta; Prasad, Pavithra; and von Schimmelmann, Sarah, "Alternative Energy Source Funding for the Pacific Northwest" (2022). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 2318.