Jul 21

First established in the People’s Republic of China in 2004, Jetion Solar is a solar module provider with business in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Its stated aim is to make clean, renewable energy available to companies and home owners around the world through cutting-edge photovoltaic (PV) technologies. PV providers are among the fastest-growing green businesses, and the market is highly competitive. New technologies are being developed every year, with greater efficiencies and reduced costs compared to the years before.

Jetion Solar has maintained a solid growth trajectory over the past several years, both in terms of revenues and in terms of stock value. Its 2010 profits were higher than expected, though the company expects that similar profits won’t be available in 2011 due to the removal of green energy subsidies in many European countries. It has maintained a position on London’s AIM exchange for the past several years. However, as of March 2011, the company has reported that it will no longer trade on the Alternative Investment Markets. Indications are that Jetion Solar will trade exclusively on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

For investors interested in purchasing shares of Jetion Solar, unfortunately AIM is no longer the right venue. As a high-performing solar energy provider throughout Asia, it is an excellent growth stock, and many investors are waiting for further news about where it will eventually trade. Jetion expects that its European business will dry up due to the reduction in subsidies.

Little is known about whether the company will take a stronger position in China and Hong Kong or whether it will seek new ways to conduct business throughout Europe. Regardless, Jetion Solar (JHL) is a stock to keep your eyes on if you have an interest in trading on Asian exchanges. As one of the higher-performing companies in the sector, the markets are watching its moves very closely.

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Jul 14

ITM Power is dedicated to producing commercially viable hydrogen power sources. The technology for these sources already exists; it simply requires a company with the capital and know-how to bring it to the world. By using water electrolysis, a technique invented over two centuries ago, to separate hydrogen from oxygen, energy can be stored in fuel cells and released.

Hydrogen fuel cells use the same technology that powered space ships, just on a smaller scale. Factories and even personal vehicles may one day use ITM Power’s technology. Just like computers decreased in size from mainframes to personal computers, ITM Power is facilitating the process of decreasing hydrogen engines in size.

As of the end of 2010, many industries and companies around the UK have agreed to allow ITM Power to conduct on-site hydrogen power trials. Some high-profile examples include public services provider Amey, glass repair company AutoGlass, motor vehicle services provider RAC and maintenance services provider Enterprise. These companies share with ITM Power a dedication to promoting the welfare of the environment as well as a desire to stop using so many fossil fuels. The waste products of gasoline pollute the environment, while the waste products of electrolysis and hydrogen fueling are simply water and oxygen.

In the Alternative Investment Markets (AIM), ITM Power has been buffeted by the winds of the global recession as much as any other company. It reached its low in early 2009, and slowly increased in value until early 2011, when it fell again. The markets are waiting to see the outcome of ITM Power’s hydrogen trials begun in late 2010. If these trials lead to solid results, the price of ITM on AIM is likely to shoot back up. In its early days, the company was quite volatile, and in the current period, the stock is also likely to show a lot of volatility.

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Jul 07

Ilika Plc plays a supplemental role in the world of green industry. Founded in 2006, the company has specialized in producing materials used in green manufacturing cheaply and quickly. Its stated goals are to improve efficiency and speed up innovation by testing materials more quickly and enabling rapid commercialisation of environmentally friendly products and services.

As a relative newcomer to AIM, its stock has had mixed receptions, with a high in late 2010 of 60p almost immediately followed by a low of 45p or so in early 2011. The market isn’t quite sure of its role in the new renewable energy economy, and investors are wary of anything whose position isn’t quite sure in the climate following the global recession . This may not be a long-lasting wariness, as Ilika PLC has made a number of innovative strides forward through partnerships with various green energy and other cleantech companies around the world.

As recently as June 2011, Ilika Plc has announced a hydrogen storage collaboration project with Sigma Aldrich Materials Science. The advances made through the collaboration between Ilika’s process orientation and Sigma Aldrich’s research background may lead to greater public adoption of clean hydrogen energy. In 2010 the company won numerous grants for its research into a variety of topics such as thermoelectric screening technology, lithium-ion batteries, bio-functional polymers and more.

Ilika is currently sitting around its all-time low, but indicators suggest that it is a clear short-term growth stock. Its success largely depends on its innovation, and with the recent hydrogen storage project coming so closely on the heels of the successes of 2010, it would appear that Ilika has a whole lot more technological development to offer the world. Ilika Plc is definitely a company for investors to watch in the news. It has, in its short time on the markets, proven to be quite volatile.

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Jul 01

As one of the world’s leading bio-refining companies, GTL Resources has beaten the odds and managed to stay viable in the ethanol markets throughout North America and around the world. Ethanol manufacturers have seen their stocks decline over the past few years as biofuels have gone out of fashion, but GTL is still going strong. As recently as June 15, 2011, GTL Resources reported that its 2011 full year financial results have exceeded expectations, perhaps indicating an increased demand for biofuel. As crude prices continue to hover around $100 a barrel, refined ethanol is getting a renewed look from many investors and industrial manufacturers.

London-based GTL Resources was founded in 2006 when green manufacturing was just beginning to take off. It is currently trading at lower than its initial AIM offering, but it has steadily risen since it hit bottom in mid-2009 in the wake of the global recession and lack of interest in biofuels. Recent positive earnings reports are likely to placate investors wary of entering the ethanol markets again, and its steady rise in stock value from an all-time low of under 9p to close to 75p in just one year may convince investors that now is the time to buy.

GTL Resources operates its main refinery just outside Rochelle, IL, in the heartland of the American Midwest. Corn grows in abundance here, making ethanol production easy and affordable. The company has also seen a number of favorable business incentives in the past few years, including a tax incentive extension in late 2010, partially as a result of lobbying after the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. At the forefront of pressing for environmentally friendly legislation, investors and industry analysts predict that GTL Resources will continue to be a powerhouse of green industry for years to come.

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Jun 28

General Information:
The European Islamic Investment Bank is one of the largest banks in Europe that caters to the needs of Islamic residents. The bank strives to provide high-quality banking services to the Islamic community. These services include leasing services, insurance underwriting services, hedge fund management services, and property investment services.

Business Strategy:
The European Islamic Investment Bank must comply with Sharia’a regulations. As a result, it must usually shun traditional investment and growth strategies.

Instead, the firm provides banking services that hold serve with the Muslim faith’s Sharia’a regulations. These regulations require the bank to shun interest payments on loans. They also require the firm to shun investments that are considered to go against the regulations set forth by the Sharia’a.

As a result, the bank’s general business strategy is to make efficient use of its resources to maximise consumers’ benefits. To achieve this result, the European Islamic Investment Bank offers a variety of loans, insurance products and savings schemes which allow consumers to participate in business activities while still following Sharia’a regulations.

Other Information:
AIM Stock Symbol: EIIB.
Market Capitalisation: £ 69,300,000.
Total Assets: £ 181,540,000.
Total Liabilities: £ 34,460,000.
Net Assets: £147,008,000.

Net 2010 Profits: -: £5,860,000.
(Please note: All data recorded in this section were rounded to the nearest – £1,000 to account for slight variations in exchange rates.)

Principal Officers:
Chief Executive Officer: Subhi Benkhadra.
Finance Director: Keith McCloud.
Chairman: Shabir Ahmed Randeree.

Contact information:
Website: http://www.eiib.co.uk.

Physical Addresses:
In the UK:
Milton Gate
60 Chiswell Street
London, EC1Y 4SA
England

In the Middle East:
Almoayyed Tower, 30th Floor
P.O. Box 1660, Offices 3002 & 3004
Al Seef Area
Kingdom of Bahrain

Telephone: +973 17 501 234.
Fax: +973 17 501 258.

Jun 27

Clean Energy Brazil is a British green investment company whose main sources of revenue come from the Brazilian sugar cane and ethanol markets. Initially begun in 2006 to take advantage of the growing biofuels market worldwide, the company has since changed course due to the lower demand for biofuel in the later half of the 2000s. Ethanol is still a huge market in Brazil, and of course sugar will always sell, but sugar cane biodiesel is not wanted as much. The name “Clean Energy Brazil,” therefore, is somewhat of a misnomer now, as the company’s offerings have less to do with energy and more to do with any and all sugar cane by-products.

The company has shown remarkable flexibility; this is the only reason it is still around now, due to the drying up of biofuel energy markets. Investors at Clean Energy Brazil believe that the retreat from biofuels is only temporary, and continue to make their company profitable though their end results only partly have to do with providing clean energy. Ethanol is still used as a power source, but it is not as widespread as it once was.

The stock was admitted to the AIM in 2006 and it saw a major dive when the rest of the stock market dove in 2008. It fell to nearly 20% of its initial value and hasn’t really picked up steam since then. Flatlining at around 15p per share, CEB is waiting for some good news about the increased viability of ethanol as a fuel or electricity source. This would push demand for sugarcane byproducts higher in Brazil and around the world, and the stock price would likely rise.

Investors should take note that Clean Energy Brazil is something to be aware of but not to invest heavily in for now. Biofuels-related news will cause the price of CEB to go up or down as appropriate.

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Jun 27
–General Information:
The Islamic Bank of Brittan was a publicly held banking firm that specialised in meeting the special needs of Islamic bankers in the UK. It offered customers a full line of banking and investing products that were designed to comply with Islamic laws and customs.

–Notice of Close of Offers for Remaining Shares of IBB Stock:
On 1 June 2011, the London Stock Exchange reported a notice for a final offer by the Qatar Islamic Bank for 74,109,492 shares of IBB stock that was originally presented on 25 March 2011. It represented an unconditional cash offer for the firm’s remaining stock and the firm’s capital assets.

This offer was accepted by IBB’s board of directors on 31 May 2011.

An additional offer tendered by the Qatar Islamic Bank was accepted by IBB’s board of directors on 31 May 2011 for the last 54,000 shares of IBB’s common stock. The offer was tendered in order to secure the last shares of IBB stock needed to certify IBB as a privately held company.

As a result of these and prior offers, Qatar Islamic Bank now owns nearly 91.2% of IBB’s stock and assets.

The Qatar Islamic Bank hopes to finish the process to turn the Islamic Bank of Britain into a private company by the end of 2011. As a result, shares of IBB stock are no longer traded on the AIM exchange.

–Information for Current Holders of IBB Stock: Shareholders who currently own IBB stock may file for payment of consideration on all of their outstanding shares of IBB stock. To file for such a payment of consideration, please file a valid acceptance form that is available at your broker’s office.

Payments of consideration will be sent via the Royal Post within 14 days of receiving a valid form of acceptance.

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Jun 16

Alternative Energy Ltd. provides a variety of environmentally friendly solutions for lighting and construction. Their stated goals are to provide alternative energy solutions as well as ways to save both money and energy on new home construction from the ground up. From eLUMEN LED light bulbs to solar powered streetlights to entire homes built using green construction standards for heat, electricity and water conservation, Alternative Energy Ltd is at the forefront of green development.

The company was founded in 2006, and it has maintained a position on AIM since late 2007. It has generally been conservative as far as penny stocks go, maintaining a value between 4 and 6 cents per share over the past four years. It is relatively small as a company, yet its offerings are quite diverse, and it has been difficult for investors to read or make impulsive decisions with regards to its share price.

As a young company, Alternative Energy Ltd. has yet to show investors the extent of its potential value. For instance, it offers affordable energy-saving lights, a special rooftop design to maximize energy conservation and eco-friendly buildings to live in. Each subsystem is designed to fit together to create a futuristic “green” lifestyle for sale; however, the company has not yet developed every subsystem to its fullest capacity. As a result, it offers less of an integrated lifestyle and more of an eclectic mix of environmentally friendly options.

Still, Alternative Energy Ltd. is seen by many investors as an attractive investment. It is poised to make big gains once it releases just a few more products and sees profit margins go just a little higher. It is currently slightly over 6 cents per share, the highest it’s ever been, and investors see this company continuing to grow, whether it’s steadily or explosively, over the years to come.

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Jun 16

Hydrodec’s business is founded in a proprietary method of re-refining transformer oil by taking the toxins out so that it can be reused. It has effectively created its own market, allowing for the collection and resale of transformer oil at far reduced prices from the oil’s initial costs. The recycled oil, known as Superfine transformer oil, allows businesses in the electrical industry to save money, time and the environment.

Over the past several years since Hydrodec’s inception in 2004, the company has seen a number of minor setbacks which have deflated its price in the markets. For instance, it celebrated the opening of its first major refinery in October 2008, yet soon after suffered from a lack of working capital because its expectations for growth were not conservative enough. Hydrodec has been seen by many investors as a risky long-term investment, full of potential yet also full of potential losses. This is in part due to the fact that it is the only company of its kind providing PCB-removal services from recycled oil.

As of May 2011, Hydrodec has utilised a £2 million debt financing solution to help purchase feedstock and fund recent growth. Its recent investments around the world, especially in Japan where recycled transformer oil is in high demand, have made this debt financing a smart move in the eyes of many investors. However, there is always the worry that capital won’t flow as strongly as the company hopes that it will, due to the relative lack of similar companies for comparison. This keeps the price of Hydrodec stock volatile, which makes any investment in this AIM stock potentially quite valuable.

In the future, Hydrodec seeks to expand its business to cover other types of machine oil including hydraulic oils. This may make an investment in this stock a good idea over the medium to long term.

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Jun 16

D1 Oils was founded in 2004 as a renewable fuels producer. The company uses a species of tree known as jatropha to produce its refined biofuels. Jatropha trees are able to survive in a wide variety of climates, and its seeds are known throughout the vegetable world for their extremely high oil content.

Other biofuels manufacturers saw the price of food go up as a result of investment in technologies that turned edible oils into fuel. This led to worldwide hunger riots and the decline of the edible oils industry for use in biofuels. However, D1 Oils managed to avoid that bump because Jatropha oil is inedible and doesn’t affect food prices around the world.

In October 2004, D1 Oils was first listed in the AIM. Its initial offering raised 11.5 million pounds. Subsequent offerings raised 26 million, 49 million and 14.9 million pounds in 2005, 2006 and 2008, respectively. As Britain’s leading jatropha-based biodiesel manufacturer, D1 is poised for growth in the years to come.

In 2007, oil producer BP and D1 Oils formed a joined venture to plant more jatropha trees around the world. Jatropha trees can be grown in poor quality soil, making it exceptionally convenient as an oil crop. The company has collaborated with many different world-class companies over the past five years and it has consistently been a high performer in the biofuels market, both when it was doing well and in recent years, when many other biofuels companies have gone out of business or have had to restructure their goals.

In April 2011, Siemens sought to develop a high-speed ferry that ran solely on biofuels from jatropha seeds. This ferry could prove highly useful throughout Europe, Asia and the world at large, and is seen by D1 Oils as an excellent opportunity for growth. As more information comes out on Siemens’ ferry development, expect the price of D1 Oils to fluctuate on the Alternative Investment Market.

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