With the announcement of a Carbon Pricing policy by the Government recently, combined with the formation of ARENA, a $3.2 billion agency to consolidate renewable energy industry support and given that the purpose of MacroBusiness is to give you the bigger picture, here is a (non-exhaustive) list and short summaries of renewable energy companies that are listed on the ASX and are likely to benefit (market price and/or bottom line).
Even before both announcements, the prices of these companies have experiencing substantial gains, as seen in the charts at the bottom of the post.
A more thorough evaluation of these companies will be forthcoming as the new carbon price changes their ability to raise funds and a probable increase in their Return on Equity (ROE) through increased profitability.
Carbon Energy (Code: CNX)
Carbon Energy’s market advantage lies in its proprietary underground coal gasification (UCG) technology, which transforms solid coal into gas in situ and optimises the amount of energy extracted from otherwise stranded coal resources.
Ceramic Fuel Cells (CFU)
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL) has developed solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to provide reliable, energy efficient, high quality, and low-emission electricity from widely available natural gas and renewable fuels. CFCL is developing SOFC products for small-scale on-site micro combined heat and power (m-CHP) and distributed generation units that co-generate electricity and heat for domestic use.
EnviroMission started work on development back in 2001 with a search for the best possible site for the world’s first Solar Tower power station. A site was selected at Buronga in the southwest corner of New South Wales, on a former wheat and cattle station known in the district as Tapio Station, 23km north of Mildura. Whilst EnviroMission now expects the first Solar Tower will be developed in the USA, it is felt international development will provide important leverage to increase development prospects in Australia.
Dyesol’s technology is based on the DSC, a 3rd generation photovoltaic technology. Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass panels rather than taking up roof or extra land area.
Geodynamics Limited was formed solely to focus on developing renewable geothermal energy generation from hot fractured rocks (HFR) in Australia. Extraction of geothermal energy relies on existing technologies and engineering processes. Geothermal is the only known source of renewable energy with a capacity to carry large base loads.
Petratherm Ltd is an Adelaide based leading explorer and developer of geothermal energy actively involved in projects in Australia and overseas, being the first geothermal company to formally develop conventional, EGS and direct heat energy (supplying hot water) projects in Spain. Most recently, Petratherm entered into a landmark, exclusive agreement with four key Chinese geological/geothermal institutions to undertake a co-operative assessment to identify prospective geothermal projects in China.
Petratherm’s flagship Paralana geothermal energy project site is adjacent to the Mt Painter region of South Australia’s northern Flinders Ranges. Last year, Petratherm and our joint venture partners completed the first of two deep wells required to begin creating a low-impact, fully operational geothermal energy pilot plant in 2011. The project was recently awarded a $62.8 million Federal grant.
Quantum Energy (QTM)
Quantum is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of advanced renewable solar energy hot water, pool and building heating products.
The Quantum story is based on innovation and the quest to harness renewable energy to produce sustainable hot water. The technology has been progressively developed, and Quantum now produces hot water heaters, pool heaters as well as residential, commercial and industrial building heaters.
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