The "Picks and Shovels" companies helping to build other Green ecology technologies
Wind power turbines, solar panels, and technology used in the production of biofuels from biomass.
List of Eco "Picks and Shovels" symbols : AMSC,BWEN.OB,COMV,EMKR,ENER,ENOC,FTEK,IRF,ORA,VRNM,ZOLT
These ECO Green companies are supplying the component parts or the "picks and shovels" helping to build other Green technologies such as wind power turbines, solar panels, and enzymes used in the production of biofuels from biomass. Their business model/products are often diversified working in numerous sectors. Such companies can be great growth candidates based on their niche products "everyone" uses and profits from their patent portfolios which pay royalties increasing share holder value.
Some notable mentions here are:
American Superconductor AMSC profile Makes products to increase electrical grid capacity and reliability; supplies electrical systems used in wind turbines; sells power electronic products that regulate wind farm voltage to enable their interconnection to the power grid.
EMCORE Corp.EMKR profile solar products, including compound semiconductor-based gallium arsenide solar cells and CPV components for use in solar power concentrator systems.
Energy Conversion Devices ENER profile Manufactures flexible thin-film solar photovoltaic modules, NiMH materials and batteries used in Hybrid cars. Has huge patent portfolio and licenses it's technology to many companies.
Verenium Corporation VRNM profile Engages in the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol, a renewable transportation fuel, as well as high-performance specialty enzymes for biofuels production.
Zoltek Inc. ZOLT profile Zoltek develops, manufactures, and markets carbon fibers used in wind power turbines.
6/27/08 - Wind power has new offerings for investment, 2 new ETF's FAN and PWND.
Other "wind exposure" stocks are KDN,AMSC,TRN,GE, OTTR . Wind is a global play, to prove this point see this wind index GWE and EXCELLENT list of stocks