Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Profits from Fuel Cells

In the last post on Hydrogenics, Inc. (HYGS:  Nasdaq) in April 2014, the stock seemed to be languishing on news of a potentially dilutive common stock offering.  At the time profits still seem illusive.  However, over the last few months circumstances have improved.  Shares of Hydrogenics have moved higher on the company’s recent introduction of a fuel cell power system for medium and heavy duty vehicles.  Additionally, in July this year Hydrogenics was chosen by Ontario as one of five grid storage projects.  This has turned HYGS into an interesting stock to watch.

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Tilting at this Urban Windmill

London-based City Windmills Holdings, Plc. (CYW:  GXG) wants to put windmills on houses and buildings all over New York’s Long Island….and beyond.  While solar technology has experience growing acceptance for both residential and commercial building owners, wind technology has lagged in the evolving distributed power generation system.   Do not expect the usual blade windmill that have made the Dutch famous and dot the prairie lands of the Midwest U.S. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Perma-Fix: From Nuclear Waste to Medical Isotopes - Part II

The last post left off with Dr. Louis Centofanti, the chief executive officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (PESI:  Nasdaq), standing at the podium of the 8th International Conference on Isotopes sponsored by the World Council on Isotopes.  The health care executives in attendance at the meeting were eager to find out how a nuclear waste expert like Perma-Fix could help solve looming shortages in a very important radiological isotope called Technetium 99 or Tc-99m.  Tc-99m is extracted from a parent material called Molybdenum-99 or Mo-99.  All of the Mo-99 available today is made through fission of enriched uranium in an approved nuclear reactor, at least two of which are going off-line in the next two years. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Perma-Fix's Pursuit of Medical Isotopes - Part I

In August 2014, Dr. Louis Centofanti, the chief executive officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (PESI:  Nasdaq), delivered a paper at the 8th International Conference on Isotopes sponsored by the World Council on Isotopes.  Perma-Fix is a self-described nuclear services company that provides “nuclear and mixed waste management services.”  Indeed, PermaFix’s bread and butter come from government contracts like the one recently announced to characterize and treat wastes from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  These are wastes generated by government scientists as they developed nuclear weapons and energy technology.  Granted isotopes are in the nuclear neighborhood, but why would a company with such weighty responsibilities rub elbows with health care industry representatives?