Información sectorial

Cómo conectar digitalmente a la otra mitad de América Latina

46% de la población no tiene acceso a los servicios derivados de la conectividad digital, tales como telemedicina, teleducación, gobierno en línea, banca electrónica, entre otros. La situación de la economía digital en ALC fue debatida el pasado 26 de abril en la Conferencia Infraestructura para el Desarrollo de América Latina convocada por CAF en el Hotel Alvear Icon Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Could Coal (Power Plant) Country be the Next Frontier for Solar Brightfields?

In August 2017, representatives from the Department of Defense, United States Air Force, United States Navy, utility Gulf Power, and Coronal Energy stood on the edge of an airport runway at NOLF Saufley Field, just west of Pensacola, FL. Yet on that hot summer morning last year at Saufley, no planes were to be seen; no takeoffs or landings were to be observed.

The dark side of the digital economy: Bad things come in small packages


In a small town just outside Montreal, Jake [not his real name] struggles with drug addiction. His dependence on numerous substances has brought him in and out of hospital and rehabilitation programmes many times. What is striking about Jake’s addiction is how he acquires the drugs: not from a neighbourhood drug dealer, but through the post and courier companies.  “It’s remarkably easy business,” he says. “Just like buying common, everyday items on the surface–as opposed to dark–web. Only there are a few extra steps. After you provide your false personal and delivery information and whatever sum of money is agreed upon, your package arrives at the designated address disguised as something else in order to get through the postal service.”


Clean energy companies are looking into using salt to generate electricity

Alongside solar and wind power, clean energy companies are also looking into using salt to generate electricity — molten salt, to be precise. SolarReserve is just one of several companies trying to prove that molten salt can generate electricity just as effectively as solar and wind. In 2015, the company brought its 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy facilityin Nevada online, bringing with it 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage and the ability to power 75,000 homes in Nevada. Similar concentrated solar power (CSP) projects are planned for South Australia, Africa, Chilé, and more countries around the world.

As Cryptocurrencies Rise, Who Needs Banks?

Do you value bitcoin in dollars or dollars in bitcoin? Few serious economists imagine that the new cryptocurrencies, for all the hype, will make national currencies redundant. By and large they are right, because conventional money actually does a pretty good job. The U.S. dollar and other reserve currencies have historically performed well as a medium of exchange and as a store of value — the two principal functions of a currency. Bitcoin and its derivatives perform poorly on both accounts and will not disrupt money as we know it.