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In this paper, the application of the Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (Fuzzy AHP) combined with a set of
criteria analysis for the selection of appropriate sites for the development offshore wind energy in Taiwan is presented.
The Fuzzy AHP was first conducted to rank the importance and identify the key factors of offshore wind energy successfully.
From the numerical results, eight key factors that must be considered in the site selection of offshore wind energy
system in Taiwan were obtained by using Fuzzy AHP model. They are: wind power, earthquakes, land use, shore type,
typhoon, distance to shoreline, flight safety and water depth. Based on these factors, a set of criteria for the selection of
sites for offshore wind farms was also established using five different sites in Taiwan. From the assessment results, it was
found that Changhua coastal region is an appropriate site for offshore wind energy in Taiwan.