PSQ Analytics has recommended the clean technology sector, which it said had a largely untapped potential, as an attractive long-term target for investors looking to capitalise on the ongoing recovery, still in its early stages.
As the non-renewable sources of energy that are fuel fossils have been depleting to put the mankind at risk along with polluting the environment, the demand for renewable solutions that would also reverse the harm done to the ecosystem, such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources, has been at its highest.
These factors have contributed to the acceleration of the development of pollution control technologies, as well as technologies in energy efficiencies and energy storage, such as green buildings, smart grid, smart metering, light-emitting diodes, automation and control technologies and fuel cells and advanced batteries.
These areas, along with clean transportation, air pollution control, water and wastewater management, waste management and sustainable agriculture, are all targeted by the companies working in the clean technology or “cleantech” sector. PSQ opined that the drying up renewable energy sources as well as the need to “amend the atrocities committed towards the environment in the past” gives these businesses fundamentals strong enough to propel “aggressive” investment activity in the sector from both the public and private sectors with high demand being there to stay.
Cleantech currently offers opportunities with large upside for all classes of investors, including venture capitalists, private equity, institutional investors and retail investors looking for sustainable returns.
PSQ’s research report projected the sector to stand up to the challenges it faces, which include slow technology adoption, significant dependence on legislations and government incentives, and long project gestation periods in some cases, to deliver “exciting” long term returns.
While most of the historical growth of cleantech has come from the developed nations and their increasing energy demand, the developing countries such as India and China are likely to emerge as the key drivers behind its growth in the coming years.
China currently has plans to pour some US$180 billion into the sector over the next 15 years to eventually cover 20% of its total energy demand by renewable sources by 2020, while India aims to double its renewable energy generation capacity in the next four years and to quadruple the amount of biofuel mixed into gasoline and diesel by 2017.
PSQ concluded that this would make cleantech one of the few sectors that will engine the recovery in the global economy. To read the full report click here
Among the companies working in the sector and covered by PSQ are:
AFC Energy plc (AIM: AFC) is engaged in the design and development of alkaline fuel cell systems. The company's objective is to develop an alkaline fuel system at a significantly lower cost than any other fuel cell system while also achieving high efficiency. Its approach is to take proven technology and re-engineer it to produce a lower cost
solution by exploiting characteristics such as low operating temperature and pressure, and to use less expensive materials that lend themselves to volume manufacturing.
The company's strategy for commercialization is to take the fuel cell system to the hydrogen thereby avoiding issues of hydrogen transport. It has identified Chlor Alkali producers as the first target market. Initially it expects to sell fuel cell systems to customers but plans to adopt an Energy Supply Company model for future revenues.
AFC has partnered with Akzo Nobel, a major international chemicals giant, and the fourth-largest chlor-alkali producer in Europe. It has delivered, installed and tested its first system for AkzoNobel.
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Romag Holdings plc (AIM: ROM) is a producer of specialty transparent composites to the renewable energy, security, architectural and transportation market. Included within the company’s laminate products are laminated solar panels that generate renewable energy from embedded photovoltaic cells. These laminates combine float and tempered glass, modern plastics technology and specialist inter-layers. The company is a leading participant in the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market, the fastest-growing segment of the PV market, via its PowerGlaz technology. PowerGlaz offers standard modules producing up to 235Wp per module.
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Oxford Instruments plc (MM: OXIG) is a worldwide business, supplying high-technology tools and systems for the analysis and manipulation of matter at the smallest scale. Its diverse markets include industrial analysis, research, education, space and energy. The company’s worldwide business supplies commercially successful, high-tech tools and systems into diverse markets (which include industry, energy, the environment, health and research).
The company’s expertise includes the creation of low-temperature and high-magnetic field environments; X-ray, electron and optical-based metrology; and nuclear magnetic resonance and advanced semiconductor processing technologies. Its products support those customers addressing the global issues of protecting the environment and conserving energy, health and safety.
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Energetix Group Plc (AIM: EGX) develops alternative energy solutions targeted at homeowners, the small commercial sector and the UPS market.
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Renewable Energy Holdings Plc (AIM: REH) develops, generates and commercialises clean energy across wind, wave, methane capture, solar and hydro power generation projects in North America, Europe, Australasia.
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PowerFilm Inc (AIM: PLFM) is engaged in the development and manufacture of thin flexible solar panels using low cost proprietary production process.
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Helesi (AIM: HLS) is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of waste containers for use in waste management industry and also engages in providing waste management services.
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Modern Water Plc (AIM: MWG) develops water technologies that help to address the global problems of fresh water availability and the treatment and disposal of wastewater.
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Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA) provides hydro generation products and associated fuel cell applications, besides undertaking research and development of innovative catalysts for renewable energy, carbon-free motoring, battery and industrial waste applications.
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Helius Energy plc (AIM: HEGY) develops large (>60MW) and small (5-8MW) biomass plants in UK and sells these to operators while retaining a minor equity stake in them. It joined the AIM market in January 2007. The company has announced the three projects: – Project Alpha (65MW), Project Gamma (100MW) and 7.2MW plant located at Combined Rothes Distillers site. The company aims to develop more than 300MW of biomass plants by 2012.
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Hydro International plc (AIM: HYD) offers a wide range of products and services for control and treatment of stormwater and wastewater through the application of advanced vortex and complementary technologies.
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Straight plc (AIM: STT) is a UK based supplier of container solutions for source separated waste. It was founded by Jonathan Straight in 1993. The company is UK’s leading supplier of kerbside recycling boxes, compost bins, and water butts. The company’s primary market is the UK. The company primarily operates in the two business segments –Trade business and Retail business.
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Sabien Technology Group Plc (AIM: SNT) is engaged in designing and installation of control systems to reduce energy use in private and public organisations.
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Renewable Energy Generation Ltd (AIM: RWE) develops, owns and operates small wind energy plants and is also engaged in power generation from refined used cooking oil (UCO). REG operates through two main subsidiaries: The Cornwall Light & Power Co. Ltd and REG Bio-Power UK Ltd. The company recently sold its Canadian wind power business
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Hydrodec Group plc (AIM: HYR) is a UK-based company is engaged in re-refining, marketing and distribution of premium transformer oil by acquiring used transformer oil and re-refining it using a patented technology. The company sells its re-refined oil under the trademark name of SUPERfineTM oil.
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