A novel approach to assess resilience of energy systems

Nigel Hargreaves, Julian Matzenberger (Lead Author), Debadayita Raha, Priyan Dias

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The concept of resilience has emerged recently in scientific discourse. Different notions of the term resilience used in scientific disciplines are outlined and consequently explored with regard to how the concept can be applied to energy systems. The major questions to be addressed are: Which definitions and underlying concepts of resilience are used in the scientific literature? How can resilience be defined with respect to energy systems and which underlying principles can be identified? Building on this understanding characteristics of the resilience concept used in various contexts are described and a methodology for selection of an indicator set for an energy resilience assessment is presented. The methodology for a resilience assessment outlined in this paper requires definition and clustering of a set of indicators describing a resilient system. It contributes to understanding system properties and supports the theory of how to improve system resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Assessment
  • Energy system
  • Complex systems
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Vulnerability

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