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Posted at 10/5/2007 01:45 by energyi
Dyesol secures its largest order ever for materials needed to commercialise DSC



Leading dye solar cell materials manufacturer Dyesol Limited (ASX: DYE) has secured one of the world's largest orders for supply of ruthenium dye, a chemical central to the manufacture of DSC products from G24 Innovations Ltd (G24i), a UK company preparing to launch commercial DSC materials on a large scale.



While the value of the single order for several kilograms of ruthenium dyes is commercial-in-confidence, the directors of Dyesol believe it is sufficiently large to be considered material to Dyesol's business.



Most importantly Dyesol believes securing this order has significant and very positive implications for the future of the company.



G24i is a UK based company with a very impressive high powered management team and board, and significant international connections and financial backing, that has built the world's first commercial capacity roll to roll production facility at Cardiff, Wales.



Ruthenium dye is one of the three critical chemical components required for the manufacture of DSC products, and is a material that Dyesol is recognised around the world for being able to manufacture with the highest degree of quality control and with reliable performance characteristics.



Dyesol Managing Director, Mrs Sylvia Tulloch, believes that this order could be the start of a very important long term relationship for Dyesol.



"Obviously with the plans that G24i have to manufacture multi-megawatt volumes of DSC we are very happy to be a supplier to their first commercial scale material purchases," Mrs Tulloch said. "We are also very committed to the success of their products, so Dyesol will be providing all possible technical assistance to the team at the Welsh facility to ensure that their flexible cell products meet their expectations."



Following a recent visit to G24i, Dr Gavin Tulloch, Head of International Business Strategy said "We believe the G24i team have the skills and the capability to successfully launch DSC products, and Dyesol is looking forward to sharing the scale-up challenges ahead, both technical and commercial. At Dyesol we believe that this significant order for the highly specialised materials we manufacture represents the beginning of the commercialisation of 3rd generation photovoltaics, a historical event that we are well positioned to enjoy."



G24i and Dyesol share the presence of the inventor of DSC, Professor Michael Graetzel, on their respective advisory boards, and Dyesol has provided samples of materials previously to the technical team at G24i.





Background Information for Media Release


Information on G24i visit: www.G24i.com



Information on Dyesol: Mrs Sylvia Tulloch (Managing Director Dyesol) 02 6299 1250



The Technology – DYE SOLAR CELLS

DSC technology can best be described as 'artificial photosynthesis' using an electrolyte, a layer of titania (a pigment used in white paints and tooth paste) and ruthenium dye sandwiched between glass. Light striking the dye excites electrons which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current many times stronger than that found in natural photosynthesis in plants. Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol's technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass panels rather than taking up roof or extra land area.



The Company – DYESOL Limited

Dyesol is located in Queanbeyan NSW (near Canberra) and in August 2005 was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX Code 'DYE"). Dyesol manufactures and supplies a range of Dye Solar Cell products comprising equipment, chemicals, materials, components and related services to researchers and manufacturers of DSC. The Company is playing a key role in taking this third generation solar technology out of the laboratory and into the community.

Posted at 23/3/2007 08:22 by energyi
China Agri-Industries prices IPO at the top -
...The biofuel producer pulls off Hong Kong's largest IPO this year as tumbling
... the company has stakes in three of the four existing fuel ethanol plants in
= = =

China Agri-Industries prices Hong Kong IPO at top-end 3.72 hkd - source
03.14.07, 11:47 PM ET

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - China Agri-Industries Holdings (606.HK) has priced its Hong Kong IPO at 3.72 hkd, the top end of an indicative price range of 3.1-3.72 hkd, due to strong oversubscription, according to a market source. Based on the offer price, the company is expected to raise 3.20 bln hkd.

The retail tranche of China Agri-Industries Holdings' (606.HK) IPO has now been more than 1,000 times oversubscribed, the source said.

A clawback mechanism has been applied and the total number of shares offered to retail investors has now been increased to 430.5 mln shares, representing 50 pct of the total number of shares offered, the source added.

Listing of shares on the main board will start on March 21.

Goldman Sachs (nyse: GS - news - people ) Asia has previously been appointed as sole global coordinator and sponsor of the IPO, as well as the deal's joint bookrunner, along with BOCI Asia Ltd

@: http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2007/03/14/afx3517925.html

Posted at 20/3/2007 08:03 by energyi
March 17, 2007
Ethanol made from plant cellulose, which has no agricultural value, could play a key role in reducing the demand for corn and curbing the US' appetite for foreign crude oil.

"I would be surprised if it took more than six or seven years for this technology to be commercially viable, with current subsidies and price structures," said Alex Farrell professor of Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley.

Ethanol produced from plant cellulose has the same chemical properties as ethanol made from corn or sugar cane, but it can be produced from a variety of non-edible materials like cereal straw, sawdust and switchgrass.

In the US, corn is the dominant feedstock used to make ethanol. With a mushrooming in the number of corn-fed ethanol plants, the price of the cereal has risen sharply over the last few months.

This has led small players like BlueFire Ethanol Inc and Broin Cos. joining forces with big companies like DuPont Co, Waste Management Inc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, in a bid to develop the technology required to make cellulosic ethanol a viable option.

Energy experts say that cellulosic ethanol could help stem the spiraling demand for corn and free more land for agricultural and other uses.

"If we really want to be energy independent, we are going to have to make more ethanol; and if we are going to make more ethanol in that large a quantity, we've got to find something in addition to corn," said Ron Lamberty, director of market development at the American Coalition for Ethanol, a trade group.

"And that's the thing: It's not an instead of; it's an in addition to," he said.

@: http://www.biofuel-investing.com/

Posted at 20/3/2007 07:03 by energyi
(from a GEI thread):

I see two interesting trends:
+ gasoline prices are beginning to rise again, as we head towards the summer driving season
+ ethanol stocks have sold off, and look like they are trying to bottom on low volume

Many of the Ethanol stocks trade in the US, and many have traded options
- so you can play them with limited risk in-the-money calls

- - -

Sym. : Company========= Price. x ShsOS : Mkt.Cap. : PE-fwd/ BkVal. , Pr/Rv, PEGr
AVR. : Aventine Renew.. $15.26 x 41.78 : $637.6mn : 13.5f / $ 7.28 , 0.39 , 0.80
GPRE : Green Plain Ren. $21.22 x 6.004 : $127.4mn : 5.89f / $14.31 , N/A- , N/A-
MGPI : MGP Ingredients. $18.16 x 16.45 : $298.8mn : 12.5f / $ 8.93 , 0.89 , 1.07
PEIX : Pacific Ethanol. $15.21 x 40.28 : $612.7mn : 20.6f / $ 7.41 , 2.70 , 2.66
VSE. : Verasun Energy.. $17.34 x 75.55 : $1,310mn : 15.4f / $ 6.42 , 2.27 , 1.43
XNL. : Xethanol Corp... $ 2.42 x xxx.x : $66.34mn : N/A - / $ 1.92 , 6.27 , N/A-

Funnily enough, (excluding the midget, XNL), they all seem to be trading at just over 2x Book.


When I started to examine this sector, noticed the sharp falls. I expected the stocks to be dirt cheap. That is not the case apparently. The PE ratios look reasonable on average. But it obvious that the stocks were well ahead of themselves at their peaks last year.

What looks cheapest to me on the quick statistical screen are:

+ GPRE: Green Plain Ren.: thanks to its low multiple (5.9) to expected future earnings

+ MGPI : MGP Ingredients : thanks to the low mktcap to sales, and low PEG ratio

+ VSE..: Verasun Energy.. : the biggest (in MktCap), but of some attraction on its 1.43 PEG ratio

Having said this, i dont know much about the assumptions underlying those stats /

@: http://www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=1775&st=0

Posted at 20/3/2007 02:37 by energyi
Ethanol producer China Agri-industries Holdings raised hk$3.2billion
after pricing its shares at hk$3.72, teh top end of an indicated price
range for teh retail portion of its Hong Kong IPO, which was 607 times
oversubscribed.

The stcok will start trading tomorrow

Posted at 22/2/2007 02:41 by energyi
[b]Alternative energy goes after investor dollars[/b]
Executives tell big investors the cost of producing power in the sector is dropping.
By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer ... February 21 2007:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Executives from some of the world's leading alternative energy companies argued their case to big investors Wednesday, outlining why money thrown into the red-hot sector will pay off.

Much of the rationale centered around costs, which leaders of renewable energy firms contend are dropping at a breakneck clip.

"We need to make sure solar is becoming cost effective compared to other energy sources," Erik Thorsen, president of the Norwegian solar firm Renewable Energy Corporation told the crowd at Piper Jaffray's second annual conference on investor opportunities in alternative energy.

Thorsen said the company planned to cut silicon costs by 70 percent by 2010 by using less silicon in solar energy devices, combined with higher efficiency solar cells.

Silicon costs have been a major hurdle to developing solar power, as the price of the material, which is also used in computer chips, has soared in recent years due to skyrocketing demand.

California-based Applied Materials (Charts), which makes semiconductor production equipment and recently moved into making equipment for manufacturing solar power cells, also outlined strategies to reduce production costs.

Applied Materials presented a solar panel design four times larger than current panels, basically something the size of a large garage door.

The company said the design would save up to four times on costs associated with framing and connecting a solar set-up.

Sunpower Corporation (Charts), also based in California, said it was looking at shaving 30 percent off installation costs, partly by designing solar panels that take the place of normal construction materials, like roofing tiles.

Sunpower's executive, Tom Werner, also pointed to the massive potential of the electricity market, which he said was valued at over $1 trillion annually, and that the company is poised to take an ever larger share of that pie with each corresponding drop in solar's price.

"The upside opportunity here is fantastic," said Werner.

While there may be tremendous opportunity in investing in alternative energy companies, investors should always understand that the companies are often new and small, and can therefore be very volatile.

Take ethanol darling Verasun (Charts), which debuted last summer at over $30 a share, quickly lost half it's value, rose to near $30 again, and now trades at $15.

Among larger companies at Wednesday's conference, DuPont (Charts) outlined its emerging bio program, saying it is nearly ready to introduce a plant-based material that can replace petroleum-based plastics in things like carpet fiber, molded parts and packaging.

John Ranieri, general manager of the company's bio-based materials division, said DuPont is also big in developing organisms that create ethanol or butanol, that later of which he said could be more promising than ethanol for certain fuels because it has a higher energy yield.

In response to a question about when cellulosic ethanol might be cost effective, Ranieri said that "by 2010 we'll be looking at commercial possibilities."

Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis based investment bank, organized the conference to bring together what a spokeswoman said were top companies and the bank's clients, which include mutual funds, hedge funds, and other institutional investors.

Other publicly traded companies presenting at the conference included MEMC Electronic Materials, Energy Conversion Devices, First Solar, Metabolix, Nova Biosource Fuels, The Andersons, Beacon power Corporation, Akeena Solar, Canadian Solar, Fuel Cell Energy, Active Power, Ormat Technologies, EMCORE Corporation, Medis Technologies, Suntech Power Holdings, Evergreen Solar, Active power, Altair Nanotechnologies, Ultralife Batteries, SatCon Technology Corporation, Power Integrations, Power-One, Spire Corporation and American Superconductor Corporation.

@: http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/21/news/companies/alt_energy/index.htm?section=money_topstories

Posted at 21/10/2006 06:57 by energyi
Ethanol Stocks: Bouncing Back
Posted on Oct 16th, 2006 with stocks: ADM, AVR, GPRE, MGPI, PEIX, VSE, XNL

Konrad Imielinski submits: The current status of the ethanol sector may not be sizzling, but it sure isn't dead. So far, ethanol stocks this week have performed reminiscent of the good old days. The cumulative affect of Pacific Ethanol Inc.'s (PEIX) first plant being complete, and OPEC's decision (though still undecided) to cut output of 1 million barrels a day, have given the ethanol sector a strong push. As a result, the majority of the ethanol stocks are up big, and volume has significantly increased. It is obligatory, though, to carefully track the decline in crude oil prices (sold today near its 2006 low of $58 a barrel), as it can quickly turn ethanol's optimism to pessimism.

There is some reassurance due to OPEC's proposition. As Gordon Kwan of CLSA puts it, "If [crude oil] prices remain at this level, there's still not much motivation to cut, but if prices keep falling rapidly they will want to pre-empt that." OPEC will help investors by essentially price flooring crude oil. So how much will OPEC's reduction raise the price of crude oil? Can ethanol companies systematically publish optimistic news? Both of these questions will be deciding factors in ethanol's sustainability.


@: http://energy.seekingalpha.com/article/18542

Posted at 14/3/2006 18:27 by energyi
OLD ARTICLE - still relevant?

Green energy funds: risky, but here to stay
04.11.2005


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Why rising interest rates won't save the US dollar
The US relies on China and Japan to keep interest rates low and the dollar high. But both countries look like they are set to stop buying dollars and start investing in their own economies. That means...
For fund investors, there are now a number of specialist funds to choose from, including Impax Environmental Markets, Jupiter Ecology and the Merrill Lynch New Energy Technology investment trust. Triodos Group, a Dutch ethical bank which has been financing energy projects for 25 years, recently launched Triodos Renewables, a fund for private investors focused on the UK renewables sector, which is highly concentrated on wind technology.

While the ethics of these companies and funds may be appealing, the risk/reward ratio may not be. The small, entrepreneurial companies that populate this sector are by their nature highly vulnerable to setbacks because they are often developing new technologies in untried markets.

Merrill Lynch¡¦s fund, which has risen by more than 86% in the past year, but collapsed in value just two years ago, demonstrates this volatility. Impax Environmental Markets, an investment trust that invests in small and mid-cap firms, has outperformed the FTSE All-Share index since its launch in 2002, but this performance may not last. As Ian Simm, managing director of Impax Asset Management, points out, the investment trust tries to balance alternative energy with more established water and waste management technologies to mitigate the risk.

On a positive note, it looks as though the sector is very much here to stay. The spate of recent Aim listings shows the choice for investors is widening and Government legislation is looking favourable. And, says Charles Batchelor in the FT, even some of the genuinely alternative technologies are becoming more mainstream ¡V such as wind farms.

These can be an excellent investment, says Bernard Lambilliotte, chief investment officer at Ecofin, the financial group that runs Econfin Water and Power Opportunities, an investment trust whose shares have more than doubled over the past 12 months. There are risks when you have bought the land and are seeking a licence to operate, but once it¡¦s built and you are plugged into a grid, it¡¦s low risk, and should provide a rate of return in the low to mid-teens.

@: http://www.moneyweek.com/file/4238/green-energy-1811.html
Author: Hohler, Emily
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Posted at 14/2/2006 15:08 by energyi
New publication released by the International Energy Agency:

Renewable Energy: RD&D Priorities
Insights from IEA Technology Programmes

In order to substantially enhance the share of renewable energy technologies in the energy portfolio, it is imperative to accelerate technological advancement and subsequently reduce costs, in combination with novel applications and deployment. This outcome can be significantly supported by a range of RD&D initiatives, if properly designed and implemented.

This publication reviews the current status of the renewable energy technologies portfolio and provides guidance on their mid- and long-term development. The study explores the options for the RD&D to achieve breakthroughs that will lead to large-scale markets and identifies what activities should take priority. It also looks at the benefits of increased RD&D funding in terms of technological advancement and cost improvement. It covers renewable energy technologies in the early research stage through to those that have reached a level of maturity. It also lists national renewable energy RD&D trends in IEA member countries.

Now available from the IEA Online Bookshop:
http://www.iea.org/bookshop/b.aspx?new=5

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