The research institute with the hard-to-pronounce acronymic name INCyTDE (Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo at Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala) has published a Sankey diagram with the energy flows for their country for the year 2011.

In regard to design the diagram has many issues: Apparently it was created using a drawing tool that supports primarily horizontal and vertical arrows and Bezier curves. But the diagram loses a lot with branching and joining of arrows almost non-existent.

Flows are more or less to scale. The unit is not shown in the diagram itself, but explained in the text (kilo barriles equivalentes de petróleo, KBEP = kilo tonnes of oil equivalent, ktoe). Data is from national statistics published by the Energy and Mining Ministry.

The content of the energy balance diagram is quite interesting, especially if you compare it to similar diagrams of other countries or the world average.
Wood is the most important energy in Costa Rica (green arrow ‘Leña’, 37.251 ktoe in 2011). Bagasse from sugar cane (dark green arrow ‘bagazo de caña’, 8.696 ktoe in 2011) is used for almost half of the electricity generation. Petroleum and derivates (dark pink arrow, 24.903 ktoe in 2011) however do play an important role for vehicles (transportation).

4 Responses to “Energy Balance for Guatemala”

  1. Yet Another ‘Flujo de Energia’ Diagram | Sankey Diagrams Says:

    [...] INCyTDE blog article that featured the Energy Balance for Guatemala presented in a post last week also contains two other energy flow diagrams from other Central American [...]

  2. Leonel Morales Díaz Says:

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to review and comment our article on the Sankey for our country. We really appreciate your comments about the design of the diagram, a project we are working on right now.
    We didn’t want to just throw the data into a software to get a diagram, we wanted to test several ideas and get feedback before producing a final version, so your comments are also adding to this effort.
    Thanks again!

  3. phineas Says:

    @Leonel: I liked the diagram very much. Looking forward to seeing the final version. Please let me know once you have published it.

  4. Leonel Morales Díaz Says:

    Thanks PHineas! We will show you the new version as soon as we have it.

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