Strategic design of multi-actor nascent energy and industrial infrastructure networks under uncertainty

Yeshambel Melese

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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This thesis focuses on the design of nascent energy and industrial infrastructure networks: networks that still needed to be built and for which neither scope, size, nor participants were certain. It develops systematic design analysis approaches to help improve design under uncertainty by means of flexibility. There are four parts to the thesis. The first part focuses on understanding the concept of flexible design and its application to the design of engineering systems and energy infrastructure networks. The second part focuses on flexibility analysis with the objective of improving their lifetime performance in the face of uncertain design requirements. A systematic engineering design approach combining graph theory network modelling, exploratory modelling and real options is proposed to explore candidate designs, identify valuable flexibility enablers and appreciate the value of flexible design strategies. The third part considers the role of risk sharing when actors co-invest in infrastructure networks under uncertain environment. Contractual arrangements are modelled between actors as a cooperative game and analyses the effects of uncertainty. The fourth part focuses on how private and public actors may enhance desired performances when developing new energy and industrial infrastructure networks under uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Herder, P.M., Supervisor
  • Stikkelman, R.M., Advisor
Award date13 Oct 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-6361-002-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Energy and industrial infrastructure networks
  • Design under uncertainty
  • Design flexibility
  • Risk sharing
  • Cooperative game theory
  • Real options


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