A Sankey diagram made up from rectangles is shown in this post on the blog ’8-e.fr’ by MM.

The diagram is based on data for 2011 by the French national statistics bureau (INSEE) and the statistics observatory (SoES) of the Ministry for Environment and Sustainability. The author of the post comments that modifications were made in regard to the conversion of primary energy (“Nous corrigeons ce défaut de principe de l’INSEE pour mettre en relief les énergies primaires et secondaires réellement utilisées ou fournies.”) using average efficiency factors.

There are two sets of units: the black figures in MTEP (French for ‘million tons of oil equivalent’ MTOE) and the blue figures in MWh. Even though the flows are drawn with rectangles, one can grasp the general direction from top to bottom/top to left and losses to the bottom right by means of small arrows on the bands themselves. The width of flows seems to be pretty much to scale. The whole diagram a bit overloaded, with a high information density. Nevertheless, it caught my attention…

3 Responses to “Energy Flows in France 2011, Rectangles”

  1. Ivetta Says:

    Greetings! I am trying to visualize some data using a Sankey diagram and your blog is very useful, thank you. May I ask you for your advice on free-lance designers who enjoy working with Sankey diagrams and who can quickly design one for a publication?

  2. phineas Says:

    @Ivetta: I imagine that any graphic designer could do such a job. But to find one that has previous experience with Sankey diagrams AND enjoys doing this AND can do it quickly is probably not very easy.

    I suggest you take a look at http://www.freelancer.com/job-search/infographics/ or https://www.elance.com/d/d/infographics or https://marketplace.visual.ly/ and post a request there.

    Another approach would be to browse through the About/Contact sections of some of the blogs mentioned in my blogroll at the right.

    Or, if you find a Sankey diagram here on my blog that you like (or that pretty much looks like a diagram you are imagining for your publication), let me know. I might be able to identify who created a specific Sankey diagram.
    Write to phineas@sankey-diagrams.com directly please.

  3. Ivetta Says:

    Tha nk you so much for the reply – and apologies that I reply only now (there was no automatic email alert). We found the solution in: I basically frew the Sankey diagram by hand, and passed it over to the designer who turned it over an electornic diagram pretty quickly. But the links you provided are extremely useful, thank you so much for them! I will need to go there back in the future as we are trying to do more infographics. Once our research is published, I will send you the link to our Sankey diagram :)Thanks again!