Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Visualization tools for energy flows in Canada's energy systems

Canada Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) in partnership with whatIf? Technologies Inc. have developed interactive, multi-year Sankey diagrams showing the energy systems of Canada and its provinces between 1990 and 2013.
The Sankey diagrams allows users to analyse quickly hundreds of visualizations showing flows from energy sources to energy services for individual jurisdictions and years. Computer tools allow to conduct a compilation of national and provincial visualizations for either the complete energy systems of the jurisdictions (including imports and exports) or for only the portion of the energy systems needed to meet ‘domestic’ demand.
whatIf? Technologies Inc. provided the data contained in their most recent (Version 7) calibration of the Canadian Energy Systems Simulator (CanESS) model,which compiles and integrates hundreds of government database resources and dozens of conversion factors extracted from the scientific literature. CanESS model considers five distinct energy-using (demand) sectors: residential buildings, personal transportation, commercial/institutional buildings, freight transport, and industry, as well as a sixth sector, the “non-energy” sector, in which fossil fuels are valued for their non-energy attributes and used to produce lubricants, asphalt, plastics and other petro-chemicals and materials.