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A Comprehensive Resilience Assessment Framework for Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Development


In recent years, sustainable development has become a challenge for many societies due to natural or other disruptive events, which have disrupted economic, environmental, and energy infrastructure growth. Developing hydrogen energy infrastructure is crucial for sustainable development because of its numerous benefits over conventional energy sources. However, the complexity of hydrogen energy infrastructure, including production, utilization, and storage stages, requires accounting for potential vulnerabilities. Therefore, resilience needs to be considered along with sustainable development. This paper proposes a decision-making framework to evaluate the resilience of hydrogen energy infrastructure by integrating resilience indicators and sustainability contributing factors. A holistic taxonomy of resilience performance is first developed, followed by a qualitative resilience assessment framework using a novel Intuitionistic fuzzy Weighted Influence Nonlinear Gauge System (IFWINGS). The results highlighted that Regulation and legislation, Government preparation, and Crisis response budget are the most critical resilience indicators in the understudy hydrogen energy infrastructure. A comparative case study demonstrates the practicality, capability, and effectiveness of the proposed approach. The results suggest that the proposed model can be used for resilience assessment in other areas.

Funding source: This research is partly funded by the Postdoctoral Research Foundation of China (Grant NO.2021M703686), Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation (Grant NO. 2021A1515110306), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Sun Yat-sen University (Grant NO. 22qntd1711).
Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics

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