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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 791896, 10 pages
Research Article

Key Factors Influencing Sustainable Development of a Green Energy Industry in Taiwan

1Department of Transportation Technology and Management, Kainan University, Taoyuan 338, Taiwan
2Department of Harbor and River Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan
3Department of Aviation and Maritime Transportation Management, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan City 711, Taiwan

Received 25 September 2013; Accepted 11 November 2013

Academic Editor: Kim-Hua Tan

Copyright © 2013 Wen-Chih Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The main purpose of this paper was to apply the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) approach to explore key factors influencing the sustainable development of a green energy industry in Taiwan. Based on the literature and experts' opinions, a hierarchical structure with five assessment aspects and fifteen development factors was first constructed, and a FAHP algorithm model was then proposed. Finally, based on the AHP experts' questionnaires, we used the FAHP approach to evaluate the key factors. The results showed the following. (1) “Technology” is the most important aspect influencing sustainable development of green energy industry in Taiwan. (2) In order of relative importance, the top six key factors influencing sustainable development of green energy industry in Taiwan are “establishment of key technological capabilities,” “degree of integration of relevant laws and regulations,” “establishment of an industry chain,” “key raw materials and production equipment,” “protection of intellectual property,” and “preferential purchase price rates and various subsidies,” respectively.