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PV Crystalox Solar – I’m In

Now it's no news to anyone who has followed us on our little journey that we've a penchant for a highly speculative buy. Add a green energy aspect to the mix and it's like a waving a pizza, at mid-70's Elvis (too soon?). So, when PV Crystalox Solar plunged to below 10 pence a share late last year, we placed it on the radar. When it fell below five pence it was like adding another layer of cheese, there seemed no way I couldn't take a little speculative slice (well three actually: at 4.4, then 5.15 and 5.4 pence to be exact).   [caption...

Sale – Ceramic Fuel Cells

Another day, another sale. What can I say, we're trading the Hades out of our little portfolio recently in the hopes of finding some short term gains in sectors new. This time it's our holding of Ceramic Fuel Cells (CFU.L) that's been given the chop. We sold off 5,546 shares at 10.50 pence a share late last week after buying in for 8.84 pence a share back in June 2009. Not the sort of returns that are going to make us rich but it's better than bank interest. Now it's not that Ceramic Fuel Cells had failed to deliver, it's just that patience...

Sale – Clipper Windpower

Late last week, following our sad farewell to Renesola, we sold off our final cache of another Investor Trader stalwart, Clipper Windpower. The once proud Clipper Windpower whose price previously stormed its way toward ten quid recently became a takeover target for UTC and not for the first time if memory serves me correct. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the offer came in at 65 pence a share and not being one to hang a round for the last rites, we sold out at 64.15 pence to put our money to work elsewhere. At the time of the deal 65...

Purchase – PV Crystalox Solar

So with my Renesola adventures due to come to an end in the coming weeks, the first of my four purchases this week, will come as a no-brainer to those who've followed Investor Trader over the journey. PV Crystalox Solar is a, yep, you guessed it, solar energy company. Though it lacks the Chinese connection it's still a major player in Asia (especially Japan). We purchased 1,719 shares at 57.21 pence a share. To quote from the tin: With 25 years (28 now) in solar technology development, PV Crystalox Solar is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers, the key component...

Clipper, Copenhagen and Christmas

Following on from my semi-forced uptake of Lloyds earlier in the month, this week I received another timely email from my broker informing me of a Tender Offer whereby I could part with some or all of my holding of Clipper Windpower at the slightly higher than current market price of 180 pence per share. As I type we're trading in the range of 164 and 167 pence, so to be honest, the offer - though far from tender - is looking better by the minute. I had high hopes for my Clipper Windpower shares this week on the back of...

There’s Plenty of Sun in the Sahara

It's estimated that $555 billion will be needed to realise a planned project to harness the sun that beats down on the Sahara Desert and pipe it to European homes, according to sources from Siemens AG quoted in an article on Bloomberg.com. Some big players such as Siemens AG and Munich Re - amongst others - will meet today in Munich to sign a memorandum of understanding to proceed with the ambitious project, that if implemented, could supply up to 15% of Europe's electricity needs my the middle of the century. Obviously there are any number of potential pitfalls and problems that...

Purchase – Ceramic Fuel Cells

Following Friday's meteoric rise of 31.2% in the share price, we've jumped on board with Ceramic Fuel Cells purchasing 5,546 shares at 8.835 pence a share for a total outlay of £489.99 (okay, not huge numbers but the coffers aren't as deep as they used to be). I'm pretty happy with the price as the spread was showing 8.75 to 9.00 pence and as with many penny shares, a hefty spread can often be a big impediment to purchase. Let's hope this bad boy hasn't bolted. Sentiment on the bulletin boards is generally good and with a huge potential upside (again, note...

On the Radar – Ceramic Fuel Cells

Okay, this may be a case of the horse already bolting but I'll be very interested to see what happens come market open on Tuesday. Last Friday, Melbourne based, Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited gained a rather juicy 1.95 pence (31.2%) on the day, closing at 8.20 pence (after testing 9+ pence earlier). The gains came after an RNS quoting that Ceramic Fuel Cells "has launched a dishwasher-sized low emission generator for the home." Check out the news in full at Interactive Investor. Ceramic Fuel Cells ticks a lot of lot of boxes on my investment criteria checklist. Because I ain't no scientist I'm going...

On the Radar – BlackRock New Energy IT

Those of you who've dropped by more than once will know I have a bit of a thing for green energy. And although I've always seen Investment Trusts as erring a little too far in the risk averse direction for my liking, if you love a sector, you love a sector. So it's with that confused logic that I've added BlackRock New Energy IT to the radar. For you chartists out there, I think we've seen a nice double bottom (there's a Benny Hill type gag in there somewhere). There will be no imminent buying but we'll keep an eye on...

Wind Farms – A Breath of Fresh Air

Today marked the opening of Europe's largest wind farm on Eaglesham Moor in Scotland, not far from Glasgow. The Whitelee Wind Farm has 140 turbines (each 110 metres high) and the potential to generate enough electricity to power 180,000 homes. As I type this, our Clipper Windpower holdings are up 5.7% on the day. Check out more information from the Daily Telegraph and get an aerial tour of the site over at BBC....