Some old school geography

P1170832 I’ve always loved maps, so when I got the chance to design a workshop for Edinburgh University’s Innovative Learning Week and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Energy for Development day I couldn’t help but call on my inner geographer. The exercise involved assessing the viability of small scale wind across Nicaragua, based upon the study we did before Christmas. Each municipality is assessed individually according to its wind, solar and hydro resources and is then coloured appropriately to give a patchwork map showing where each technology is most viable. There’s nothing like some good old colouring in – who needs fancy GIS software when you can use felt tip pens on a giant map!