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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...

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...

On the Move – Ceramic Fuel Cells

With finals due out in the next week, Ceramic Fuel Cells (CFU.L) has spurted again, pushing north 16% on the day as I type. There's been a nice upturn in press too extolling the virtues of fuel cells and the Ceramic Fuel Cells product in particular. Here's a couple from the Guardian and EcoGeneration. The boards are abuzz and the feeling is that the news will be good. Long term we love Ceramic Fuel Cells, short term things are looking pretty rosy too....

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....

Green Jobs on the Rise

According to a recent article from Reuters, despite a slowdown in practically all sectors, Britain's green job market is thriving. "Job opportunities in Britain's renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability and corporate social responsibility sectors grow by 58 percent in the past year". Read the entire article on the Reuters web site....

Day 13 – Portfolio Value £5,485 Up £215 On The Day

Another mixed day today when you look at the arrows but the performers in our little green portfolio more than compensated for the sliders. Our latest acquisition, Clipper Windpower powered ahead again finishing up 19.5 pence at £1.45. Not bad when you consider we bought it three short days ago for £1.0450. To date it's appreciated over 38%. ReneSola continued it's good run finishing up 1.75 pence, whilst Climate Exchange dropped two pence on the day. Low Carbon Accelerator did nada on low volumes....

On the Move – Clipper Windpower

Whether it was down to an inspired piece of investment research or unashamed blind luck, Friday's purchase of Clipper Windpower paid off almost immediately as the share finished 24% up on the day on the back of no news and only slightly higher than average volumes. I'm pretty sure it was the latter. But something is afoot, there's a breeze a blowin' and Clipper is in as good a position as any to cash in on the inevitable shift toward alternative energy....

Purchase – Clipper Windpower

We've set sail for a green future and taken the plunge with Clipper Windpower by adding 895 shares of theirs to our portfolio. The trade set us back £1.0495 pr share for a total outlay of £939.30. Here's to windy days ahead!...