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All Charged Up -Battery power plays worth exploring
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 22:55:43 EDT by vlad

Investors Anonymous writes: September 4, 2008, Delta BC- Green Investor at Investorideas.com
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By Paulo Nery
 
Batteries are becoming increasingly important to our lives. Not only to sustain our rapidly expanding wireless technology requirements, but also to support our need to travel about. With hybrids, plug in hybrids and fully electric vehicles beginning to provide us with more cost effective transport, we’re bound to depend more and more on batteries. And at a larger scale, as we integrate more renewable sources of energy into our electricity grid, we’ll need to manage supplies with more uncertainty. So, there is likely to be an increased need for energy storage solutions to help temper the ups and downs of power supply irregularity. 

Lithium Ion batteries seem to get a lot press for their higher storage capacity per pound, but the more traditional lead-acid batteries are likely to be with us for a long time to come, particularly in the many industrial applications the use them.
 
The biggest maker of industrial lead acid batteries is Enersys (ENS).  They make batteries for forklifts and for back up power systems, over 60% of which is overseas.  They’re selling into markets like global logistics, telecoms companies and the military.
 
Enersys has a proprietary technology that means their batteries last longer and are smaller than the average lead-acid battery. They call it "thin pure plate lead" or TPPL.  According to their last conference call, demand for these batteries is more than they can keep up with. So they’re expanding the plant that makes them.
 
But Enersys is not just about old battery technology. They also have a lithium-ion battery technology which they sell primarily to military, telecoms and specialty industries. So this steady tech company is well positioned for near term as well as longer-term growth. (www.enersys.com)
 
Another large maker of lead acid batteries is Exide (XIDE) who make batteries for cars, bikes, boats, agricultural equipment, construction vehicles etc. They also sell specialized batteries for forklifts and other industrial equipment including the military.  Like EDS, over half of their sales come from overseas.
 
Only yesterday I had to put a new battery in my wife’s car. And where do you think the old one went? Yep, Exide, who happen to be the largest recycler of lead batteries in the U.S. That means they’re getting better value than buying lead on the open market, and saving a bundle in the process of being green.
 
Their market cap, at $837 million, is about 25% less than Enersys. But their sales are considerably higher and their p/e ratio is slightly lower, so I’m inclined to like them a bit more.  (www.exide.com)
 
Axion Power International (AXPW) is developing a proprietary technology they call PbC – perhaps because it’s a hybrid of lead-acid and carbon. See their website for more details on how it’s made (www.axionpower.com). Axion aims to sell the batteries made with PbC as an upgrade to conventional lead-acid batteries in industrial applications. This is an enormous broad-based potential market that will likely respond to more efficient batteries.
They’ve been focused for over two years on refining their manufacturing methods as well as continuing with performance testing on the pre-production prototypes. These tests have shown that their PbC batteries have considerably longer cycle-lives, faster recharge rates and more power than conventional lead acid batteries. But then, a lot can change between pre-production and real world production.
If you’re in the mood for more speculative plays, Ener1 (HEV) is a good start. They don’t have significant sales yet, but are developing Lithium-Ion batteries that have been delivered as prototypes and successfully tested in a Th!nk EV (electric vehicle).  They’ve already built a manufacturing and testing facility and expect to begin manufacturing by the end of this year. So they might actually be the first to offer a production Litium-Ion battery to the auto industry. 
 
For the long term, Ener1 is developing nano-materials for better battery storage. That’s very intriguing with oil prices high, but not something to hold your breath for.
 
And, you have to like the fact that they’ve shifted from the OTC market to the AMEX, which makes the company seem that much more credible.  (www.ener1.com)
 
If you’re a fan of Lithium-Ion batteries you could do worse than to look at Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) the Chilean mining company that produces potassium nitrate, iodine and lithium carbonate other specialty products. They just happen to also be the world’s biggest producer of Lithium, a business that was 15% of their revenues last year but is expanding fast and expected to approach 40% by the end of this year.  Clearly, they will be a big benefactor of any significant increase in demand for Lithium from whichever battery maker, or makers, succeed in launching real-world products. (www.sqm.com)
           
Some other battery technology companies to keep an eye out for include:
Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (MXWL)  - supercapacitors  (www.maxwell.com)
Energy Conversion Devices (ENER) - nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery technology (www.ovonic.com)
Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc (ABAT) - polymer Lithium-Ion (www.advancedbatterytech.com)
 
While the Lithium-Ion batteries seem to get most of the star attention, the advantages, mainly smaller size, relative to the cost only pay off for mobile devices right now. So the old-fashioned lead-acid battery is likely to continue to hold on to a big piece of the market for a long time yet. But the lead-carbon hybrid concept offers bankable advantages like faster charge, longer life and higher power. So it may find a significant market once production begins in earnest.
Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above article in no way constitutes a recommendation to buy or invest in these or any other stocks. You should always seek professional financial advice when planning your investments or trading in the stock markets.  Paulo Nery is an independent columnist for Green Investor at Investorideas.com Paulo J. Nery writes about green business, green investing and green lifestyle. www.InvestorIdeas.com/About/Disclaimer.asp. InvestorIdeas is not affiliated or compensated by the companies mentioned in this article.
 
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Coming Soon: Ten Green Companies the Size of Exxon Mobil (Score: 1)
by vlad on Friday, September 05, 2008 @ 21:14:01 EDT
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Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series; Interview with Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power
 
POINT ROBERTS, Wash., Delta B.C., September 5, 2008 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water, provides interested investors a recent audio interview with Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Nth Power was one of the first venture firms specializing in the cleantech sector.  
 
Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series
http://www.investorideas.com/gi/ [www.zpenergy.com]
 
Coming Soon: Ten Green Companies the Size of Exxon Mobil
 
“Nancy Floyd, of the venture capital fund Nth Power, sees big things ahead for green energy investors”
 
Well-known financial columnist Michael Brush continues his renewable energy audio series for Renewableenergystocks.com with a recent interview with Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power. Ms. Floyd has led Nth Power’s investments in Silicon Energy (NASDAQ: ITRI), Northern Power (NASDAQ: DESC), Smartsynch, Serveron, SpectraSensors and Propel Biofuels.
 
To hear the full Audio file: click here:
http://static.investorideas.com.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/2008/gi090208a.mp3 [www.zpenergy.com]
 
About Nth Power
Nth Power is a venture capital firm based in San Francisco and is the first and most experienced venture capital firm funding promising startup companies in the growing sector of energy technology, materials and other related businesses. With $420 million under management in four funds and an investment record that begins in 1997, Nth Power is widely known and well regarded as the driving force behind many of the most successful energy technology companies.
http://www.nthpower.com/ [www.zpenergy.com]
 
Michael Brush writes a weekly market column for MSN Money. Mr. Brush has also covered business and investing for the New York Times, Money magazine and the Economist Group.
Michael also writes the Insiders Corner [www.zpenergy.com] Exclusively for Investorideas.com.

About Our Green Investor Portals:
www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com [www.zpenergy.com] is one of several green investor portals within Investorideas.com and provides investors with stock news, exclusive articles and financial columnists, audio interviews, investor conferences and a directory of stocks within the renewable energy sector.
Renewable Energy and GreenTech Business and Stock News RSS Feed:
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The Global Green Marketplace at Investorideas.com – a meeting place for investors and business in cleantech: http://www.investorideas.com/marketplace/.
 
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Solar Stock :( OTCBB: CSKH), Renewable Sugarcane Fuels (OTCPK: IBOT) Featured Green Companies are showcased on: www.Renewableenergystocks.com [www.zpenergy.com]. For disclaimer and disclosure visit:
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About InvestorIdeas.com:
"One of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water sectors." InvestorIdeas.com is a leading global investor and industry research resource portal specialized in sector investing covering over thirty industry sectors and global markets including China, India, Middle East and Australia.
 
Disclaimer: Our sites do not make recommendations. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. We attempt to research thoroughly, but we offer no guarantees as to the accuracy of information presented. All Information relating to featured companies is sourced from public documents and/ or the company and is not the opinion of our web sites. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions and online advertising. www.InvestorIdeas.com/About/Disclaimer.asp [www.zpenergy.com]
 
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Bosch, MIT collaborate on energy conservation, storage (Score: 1)
by vlad on Sunday, September 14, 2008 @ 22:09:53 EDT
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Company pledges $5 million in support

Robert Bosch LLC is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a new energy research initiative to explore new materials and concepts for energy conversion and energy storage systems.

Specifically, Bosch has become a Sustaining Member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) with the commitment of five million dollars over five years. Bosch's financial contribution will fund a research portfolio at MIT based on energy efficiency and renewable energy research projects, and will also support 10 "Bosch-MIT Energy Fellows" – graduate students who will conduct research in various energy disciplines. In addition, Bosch will also have a seat on the MITEI governing board, according to the company.

This new partnership is part of Bosch's commitment to the development of energy efficient technologies and continues the company’s heritage of developing technologies that can be used in the manufacture of vehicles.

"We are extremely excited about this new collaboration with one of the world's truly unique corporations," adds Professor Ernest Moniz, director of MITEI. "Bosch is both a diversified technology company and a major contributor to global humanitarian causes. Much of its technology development is focused on improving the environment. We hope that the pairing of Bosch's global reach and commitment with the expertise of MIT's faculty and researchers will help meet the world's energy and environmental challenges and contribute to a clean, affordable energy future."

The MITEI-Bosch collaboration will focus on three areas:

  1. The atomistic modeling and computational search for new materials in electrochemical energy storage and electromechanical actuation.
  2. Nano-structured thermoelectric materials for residential heat and electricity cogeneration.
  3. Ultra-efficient thin-film solar cells.

For more information, visit www.boschautoparts.com [www.boschautoparts.com].

Source: Bosch, MIT [www.search-autoparts.com]





 

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