Dec 07

Alternative Energy Limited develops technology for distributed energy production, and it licenses and distributes other energy saving products and technologies. The company was launched on the London Stock Exchange in October, 2007 under the symbol ALR. The company is based in Singapore. It currently comprises several subsidiaries for various purposes.

The company’s operating subsidiary is Renewable Power Pte. Ltd. The firm is currently engaged exclusively in product and brand development. It’s primary product, branded as “eRoof,”is intended to be a roofing product that accomplishes several environmental objectives, while still meeting building standards commonly found in the developed world.

Beyond the normal capacities of a roof, the primary environmental objective of eRoof is to create power for the facility it covers. ARL envisions a system that includes both solar and wind power generation options, as well as a storage and management system, all of which is functional both on and off a power grid. The company also intends to create a paneling product that it brands “eClad” for the sides of large buildings, as well as a product that is functional for temporary structures. Eventually, it expects the eRoof product to contain a subsystem for collecting, managing and cleansing water for drinking and other uses.

Currently, in addition to developing eRoof, the company is participating in projects to improve the capabilities of LED lighting. The company is working on both a standard household lighting product it brands as “eLumen” and a street-light product it brands as “eLumen8.” Ultimately, the company hopes to integrate all of its technologies to develop a prefabricated solar home product, which it brands “eLive.”

Alternative Energy’s engineers are actively engaged in research on several parts of its ongoing projects. To this end, the company has established a subsidiary, Alternative Energy Technology Pte, to hold its intellectual properties.

It is worth noting the share price was on the rise at the beginning of 2011, but has fallen back after the latest Euro news.

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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 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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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 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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Oct 28

Black Rock Oil and Gas changed its company name to Woburn Energy in January of 2009. The company is a gas and oil exploration company that searches for areas rich in gas and oil that can quickly be developed. Woburn Energy’s stated mission is to “acquire low risk opportunities with a high chance of early success leading to production” in low-risk countries in both Europe and South America. Only countries with a stabile government are considered for exploration and development. Demand for the oil and gas produced by Black Rock is based on U.S. and U.K. consumption.

The company previously held acreage in Ireland and Australia but recently gave up on those areas to focus efforts on deposits in the United Kingdom North Sea and Colombia. Colombia currently shows the most potential for development. In Colombia, The Las Quinchas block contains an estimated 5-10 million barrels of recoverable oil. Testing in the Acacia Este exploration prospect has indicated that long-term production could potentially produce 40 barrels of heavy oil a day. In the UK North Sea, Woburn Energy holds a 15% stake in a hydrocarbon-rich gas field in Monterey. This field contains an estimated 165 billion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas and is undeveloped as of yet.

The board of directors is made up of 6 members. Kamran Ahmed, Rustom Bejon Kanga, Hasan Hashwani, Anthony Brian Baldry and Arif Kemal are non-executive directors. The executive managing director is Dr. John Malcolm Cubitt. Dr. Cubitt has over 27 years experience in the natural resources exploration industry and is a registered Chartered Geologist. He has both a BS and a PhD in geology.

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Jul 06

Empyrean Energy Plc, based in London, is an energy investment company providing funds through direct participation or farm-in agreement to oil and gas exploration, development, and production projects. The company’s management team has years of experience in both the investment and energy industry. A typical financing process begins with identifying and analyzing opportunities of prospective projects. Having determined on the appropriateness of risk versus reward within a project, the company proceeds to negotiating with potential partners for a percentage funding of the project. The company seeks projects primarily in geopolitically stable environments and thus far has solely focused projects in the U.S.

Project Participation

A non-operator in its project involvements, Empyrean Energy Plc pays its share of drilling cost based on the percentage of working interest it has acquired. Partnering with various U.S. companies, Empyrean Energy is currently participating in four U.S. projects, three in Texas, and one in southern California.

The California project, Eagle Oil Pool Development, in which the company holds 48.5% interest, the most among all projects, has a recoverable reserves of 7.1 million barrels of oil and 12.3 billion cubic feet of gas. In the Texas Sugarloaf Hosston Project, which comprises of Block A and Block B, the company has interests ranging from 3% to 9% in a total of 9 different wells. Recoverable reserves from each of those wells are estimated at 2-10 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent. The company retains an equal 10% interest in the other two Texas projects with an estimated potential of 80 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent for the Riverbend Project and 21.4 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent for the Hercules Project.

Financial Backing

Empyrean Energy Plc had two placings in 2009 raising £1.54 million. The funds were used to finance the company’s investment of 10% share in the Riverbend project, as well as provide working capital. In 2010, the company is more than doubling its fund raising effort, bringing in £3.6 million and making available fund uses for any further participation in its existing Texas and California projects. The company has in the past expressed its belief in the sustainability of its project portfolio. In fact, nearly 70% of its investments have either produced or currently in production.

Shares of Empyrean Energy Plc (EME) are listed on LSE’s AIM sub-market and were at 5.75p as of 5 July 2010.

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