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.
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.