Aug 14

General Information:
Wasabi Energy is a Melbourne, Australia-based investment firm which invests in green technology. The firm’s stock is actively traded on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. Its stock symbol is “WAS”.

Wasabi Energy strives to maximise their investment returns by actively working with investees to develop products, services and technologies that maximise revenues. The firm also develops potential green technology business ideas into viable small business enterprises. The aim of this work is to develop high-value small business projects that can help the firm further maximise its rate of return on its investments.

Executive Officers:
Executive Chairman: Mr. John Byrne.
Executive Director: Mr. Stephen Morris.
Master Engineer: Mr. Robert Reynolds.

Investment Policy:
Wasabi Energy generally invests in medium-range and long-haul green technology projects. The aim of these green technology investments is to increase the value of their investments through improved cash flow generation, capital growth via market appreciation of the company’s assets, or a combination of the first two items. Once a long-term investment has matured into a viable enterprise, the firm either lists the enterprise publicly on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market or sells the enterprise to maximise its value to shareholders. Current Portfolio Holdings:

Finally, Wasabi Energy currently has a stake in many green technology firms that are located in Australia and abroad. All of these firms are held by Wasabi Energy because it believes that these firms have the potential for long-term capital appreciation and improved cash flow capabilities.

Here is a listing of those holdings below:
Rum Jungle Uranium Limited—3%.
Aviva Corporation Limited—8%.
Greenearth Energy Limited—16%.

Australian Renewable Fuels Limited—24%.
Aqua Guardian Group Limited—50%.
Global Geothermal Limited—96%.

For a free copy of Wasabi Energy’s most recent annual report, please download a copy at Wasabienergy.com/investors.aspx.

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Aug 07

Powerfilm Solar produces thin-film solar products used by companies and resellers around the world. These consist of lightweight, rollable solar panels for residential, commercial and industrial applications alike. As it operates through resellers rather than directly with clients, Powerfilm has a diverse set of markets, making them a good choice for investment. As the markets recover from the 2008 recession, indications are high that Powerfilm Solar stock will increase in value. Just in the past three months, the stock has more than doubled its value from 18p to nearly 36p.

Founded in 1988, Powerfilm has an edge on many of the younger green energy companies on the market. The company has decades of solar research and development experience. Indeed, Powerfilm is now the only company making thin-film solar products for military and consumer markets around the world. Standard solar panel producers are dependent upon the fluctuating price of silicon wafers, whereas Powerfilm uses amorphous silicon technology. When the price of silicon wafers goes up, expect Powerfilm’s stock price to go up in tandem as a short-term gain.

The company is branching out beyond thin-film solar panels into other thin semiconductor markets. It has formed a partnership with leading tech company Hewlett-Packard to develop low-cost backplane drivers for flat-screen displays. Other markets for Powerfilm’s expertise include those for RFID chips and electronic paper. As the only game in town, the company has been making all the right moves to secure positive results.

Investors saw a remarkable rally in PFLM’s price on the Alternative Investment Markets (AIM) due to the release of its 2010 results, which showed that it was clearly underpriced. Indications are strong that the company will continue to enjoy medium-term and long-term growth potential. Investors looking for green energy and cleantech stocks to invest in could do no better than Powerfilm Solar.

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Jul 28

Proton Power Systems is, to put it delicately, a company that hasn’t quite hit its stride just yet. The company produces hybrid electric fuel cells that can supplement or back up traditional fossil-fuel-based engines during heavy industrial applications. However, a switch to fully electric cells often doesn’t provide the necessary energy for most industrial uses such as materials handling or mass transit.

Proton Power Systems’ proprietary hybrid electric fuel cells aim to solve the paradox involved with clean energy, which is that it often doesn’t provide the necessary power for heavy tasks. The cells connect with existing engines or generators to offer compromise solutions that can work according to each company’s individual needs. When using the hybrid cell, companies achieve lower fuel consumption, less emissions and consistent power delivery.

The company has been on the Alternative Investment Markets (AIM) for nearly five years now, and while shares were initially offered at significantly inflated prices due to the rush toward green energy, they have since stabilised at a level more consistent with the company’s profits and viability. Proton Power Systems is still a viable company, but it is heavily in debt. Its losses have been significantly greater than its profits for the past five years in a row. While the company has made significant advances in hybrid fuel cell technology, they haven’t been enough to turn the company into a profitable endeavour.

Nevertheless, the company has a a few bright spots. Its loss margins have decreased from year to year, and 2011 could be the year that PPS ends in the black. With a variety of industrial and mass transit clients looking for ways to save money on fuel, Proton Power Systems has a plan for moving forward. Furthermore, oil prices are expected to remain expensive, increasing demand for hybrid electric motors and fuel cells. This all potentially makes PPS an attractive candidate for future investment at rock-bottom prices.

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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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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 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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Jun 16

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited was established in 1992 by several private energy companies working along with Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation. The Company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2005, the company raised $25 million and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 2006, it raised £37 million and listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market. The company’s code on both exchanges is CFU.

In 2009 it raised an additional $33 million by offering placement memorandums to new investors and rights issues to current investors. The bulk of CFCL’s operation is in Australia where it has most of its staff and assets. This may change as the company seeks and receives investment capital and marketing rights from European governments and industries.

Ceramic Fuel Cells is an alternative-energy company specializing in the development of solid-oxide-[fuel-cell technology. The company is in advanced development and working rapidly towards putting their fuel cells on the market.

These cells will be small units for home or on-site production of electricity and heat. The company already has a plant in the United Kingdom that will make high-quality ceramic powders and another plant in Germany ready for high-volume, fuel-cell stack production. Their premier product will be the Blue-Gen unit.

In 2009, they received an order from Paloma for a Blue-Gen stack to power their warehouse and sales office in Japan. By the third quarter of 2010, they made their first sale in the U.S.

Looking into the future, CFCL hopes to create a strong market for micro fuel cells that will power single appliances. They are already making arrangements with appliance manufacturers to put the company’s fuel cells into their products. In order to do this, however, they still need to improve power output and stack life of their micro units.

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Jun 16

Biofutures began in 2006 as a biofuels company that intended to purchase up-and-coming biofuels manufacturers. It made its first acquisition in November 2006 when it acquired Zurex, a Malaysian manufacturer with a license to produce biodiesel from palm oil. Since its initial entry into the biofuels market, Biofutures has seen some success, but as global capital retreated from the biofuels market due to other environmental concerns, Biofutures was forced away from biofuels. In May 2008, Biofutures officially became an Investment Company. Its acquisitions include the energy and utility sectors throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

True to its initial plan, Biofutures places special emphasis on companies with a potential share in the biofuels market. Though this market isn’t especially profitable, Biofutures’ current strategy is to maintain several plants around the world such as oil manufacturers with the capacity to produce biofuels easily, should the technology ever become economically viable once again.

For instance, the manufacturing plant in Zurex was paired with a refining plant in 2010 which produces refined palm oil for use in a variety of markets, including personal care products and food production. The refined oil which was once used as biodiesel can be used many other ways. Biofutures is a flexible investment company able to move with capricious market winds, and while the winds are currently blowing against it, the company maintains its viability.

Biofutures’ price on the AIM is especially low in light of the recent high price of palm oil. However, because the company is solid, flexible and capable of handling most problems, it offers a good investment opportunity for savvy investors. Should the price of palm oil go up due to increased demand for biofuels, for instance, Biofutures is expected to rise tremendously and be an excellent investment. Only time will tell how the company’s fortunes play out.

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