Dec 14

Hydrodec Re-refines Transformer Oils and Removes PCB Contaminants
Hydrodec is a London, UK based firm that recovers oil from electrical transformers. The firm trades on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker HYR. The company was born in 2001 in Australia, launched on the LSE in 2004, and opened its first plant in Australia in 2006. A second plant opened in the US in 2008, and the firm recently signed a joint-venture agreement with a Japanese firm to a construct a processing facility in Japan.

Electrical transformers throughout the world require special oil, known as transformer oil, for insulation and cooling. Transformer oils are highly and engineered, and are an essential part of the functioning of the transformer. However, they are subject to breakdown from thermal stress, and therefore require periodic replacement. Some oils can be sold into a secondary market and used for a variety of purposes as lower grade oils. In many cases, however, transformer oils are contaminated with PCBs and therefore cannot be reused.

Hydrodec buys used transformer oils on a spot market. It then uses its own patented process to re-refine transformer oils. The re-refined oils are then sold back into the higher value market for transformer oils, instead of into lower value markets. The process allows indefinite re-refining of transformer oils, reducing the demand for new oil production for transformers. The firm also has a patented process that removes PCBs from transformer oils, eliminating the necessity to dispose the contaminated oil. A critical benefit of Hydrodec’s refining process is that it produces no hazardous by-products. Even PCBs are entirely broken down and rendered harmless.

Both the Australian and US facilities serve both local and export markets, and grew total volumes by nearly 100 percent from 2009 to 2010. The firm only recently received regulatory approval in the US for its PCB process. It expects that approval will create higher volumes in the near future.

Since June, the price has, despite the crash in the Euro, risen by 25%

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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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Nov 30

AFC Energy is based in Surrey in the UK, near London, and is publically traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol AFC. It was established in 2006 to purchase technology developed by Eneco, and energy producer in the Netherlands, and has since raised capital and proceeded with development of the technology it purchased from Eneco.

AFC hopes to employ alkaline fuel cell technology in commercial applications. The company has added extensive development to existing technology, but the core technology has been known for over 150 years. Similar systems were used by NASA on the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. At the time, however, the technology was not commercially viable due to cost.

Alkaline fuel cell technology has benefits, but challenges remain. Benefits include that it produces no harmful atmospheric emissions and has an energy conversion efficiency of 70 percent. The primary challenge to the technology is the requirement for input of pure hydrogen into the fuel cell. Producing and transporting pure hydrogen is fraught with difficulties.

AFC intends to surmount the difficulties of producing and transporting hydrogen by utilizing hydrogen that is produced as a waste product from other industrial activities and generating power on the site where the hydrogen is produced. It has developed partnerships with several firms whose facilities generate hydrogen waste products, and a reactor is currently under construction in Australia in partnership with Linc Energy. Linc Energy produces excess hydrogen from the production of coal bed methane.

The firm recently completed and has produced energy from a commercial reactor in the UK. The reactor is primarily for testing AFC’s ongoing technological advances. Eventually, the firm expects develop the technology to the point that it can produce power wherever it may be needed.

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Nov 23

General Information:
GTL Resources is one of the top bio-refining corporations, and it has a subsidiary, Illinois River Energy, that makes over 100 million gallons of ethanol each year out of a production facility in Rochelle, Illinois. GTL created the project, got the financing, organized the building, and now manage the business. The Rochelle site is strategically positioned next to a lot of corn because of the high-yield, abundant acreage around the plant. Plus, there is quick true access vis-a-vis interstate highways, rail access to ethanol markets, and cheap access to Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles, the acronym being DDGS.

Future Strategy:
GTL’s future strategy is to enhance and strengthen its ethanol to corn manufacturing mechanism and is currently looking into technologies that can convert its ethanol plant into a more modernized bio-refining facility. The emerging technologies it is looking at include those that would create additional revenue and profit, that would tack on to the current ethanol business. GTL is looking into mergers, acquisitions, and licensing. There are practical plans in place to secure these advances in ethanol production.

Other Important Details:
AIM Stock Symbol: GTL.

Management Team:
Non-Executive Chairman: Julia Henderson
Executive Director and Group CEO: Richard Ruebe
Non-Executive Director: Graham Wickham
Non-Executive Director: Dr. Martha Schlicher
Executive Officer, Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Director: Dr. Vince Kwasniewski
Executive Officer, CFO and Treasurer: Jeff Lemajeur
Executive Officer: Neil Jackel

Mission:
To develop food, fuel, and technology for today and tomorrow all while preserving the environment. Values and people principles are a core element of GTL’s operating philosophy. Capability, expertise, and resources are used to infuse their people with energy and achieve their vision of the future. All this is done under the aegis of an ethanol production company. GTL believes that both people and technology make a difference in the economy.

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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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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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