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So, I've gone through First North and all other "shady lists" with small, unknown, possibly sky-rocketing, possibly bankrupting companies on the Stockholm Stock Exchange to single out all hero companies among them that will give us the products and services with which we will save mankind and hand over a green earth to our grandchildren. This is what I've found:

Altero
One way to reduce energy consumption is to let households see exactly how much they actually use, in kWh and $, from day to day, minute to minute.
A way to increase the supply of renewable energy is to let owners of small generators, wind turbines, solar panels, sell their energy surplus to the market.
Both ways require more accurate and instant ways of measuring and reporting power flows. This is what Altero develops, as well as methods for remote monitoring of water and temperature. Customers are food retailers and restaurants, real estate owners and power companies. Their edge to the latter seems to be that their equipment works with the incumbent technology, that is, no expensive upgrades are needed for you to start monitoring your tenant's power usage from day to day.
http://altero.com/eng/index.html

Bahnhof
Bahnhof is known as the ISP that goes at length to protect their customer's integrity, destroying any information they have on them as soon as legally possible. The company has been attacked by the Anti-Piracy Bureau, which was embarrassingly caught planting pirated material in Bahnhof's servers. An ISP is a bit outside the core focus on environment here, but it could be seen as the kind of company that is needed in times and places when democracy and free speech is under attack, and hence an interesting investment if deemed profitable enough.
http://www.bahnhof.se/

Borevind
Invests in small unknown Swedish producers of renewable energy, mainly solar plants followed by wind. (Solar plants in Sweden?) They apparently bought something very expensively that turned out to be worth close to nothing, and these very days there's been rumors of bankruptcy, but the price recently took off, so there's either been a resolution, or just something shady happening.
http://www.borevind.se/default.asp

Clean Oil Tech
A company which has developed a very nifty device that cleans engine oil so you can use it again and again. With this thingy, boats, cars etc don't have to change oil, which saves money and oil and limits incentives for pollution at sea. The product is already commercialized, being installed in Volvo buses and it works with biofuels, being implemented in the rapeseed coaches between Stockholm city and airport.
http://www.cot.se/?sid=6

Countermine Technology
A company clearing mines. In an analysis I found in some journal they wrote: "Countermine has cleared mines in Croatia for 8 years now, but failed to make a profit from it. They blame it on that the Croatian mines don't suit their machines and claim they'd reach black figures if landing a contract where mines are more dense, such as in Turkey, Egypt or Libya. With no such contracts signed as of now, we can only recommend Countermine to those of you who don't mind losing your money for a good cause."
http://en.countermine.se/

CWS Comfort Windows
A spot-on easy-to-grasp energy-conserving invention that was bound to come from one of these countries where houses don't leak heat like knitted baskets leak water. This window only lets through heat radiation one way, and when winter turns to summer, you rotate the glass 180 degrees, and instead of saving your heater, you save your AC. The company leases the product and have no production of its own, so it's rather resilient to bad times. The product is hand-picked by American ambassador Michael M Wood who's trying to make it catch on in the US.
http://www.comfortwindow.se/?sprak=engelska

Deflamo
Deflamo claims they have invented a flame retardant so harmless you can eat it. If that's true, then the world is open for them, as the substances used today negatively effects environment as well as health, possibly causing infertility. I've tried to find any independent accounts of this new substance's superiority, but haven't found anything else but the inventors themselves not burning stuff on YouTube.
http://www.deflamo.se/mbo/index.php?lang=en

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Black=Bahnhof_____ Red=CleanOilTech_____ Pink=ComfortWindows_____ Blue=Altero_____ Orange=Deflamo_____ Green=Borevind_____ Cyan=Countermine

Eoulus Vind
A wind energy company which has set up 200 of Sweden's 1200 windparks and is now expanding into Estonia. They lack their own production, but buy windmills from Denmark, and set them up for customers, who then assumes the ownership and management of the parks. This should mean relatively low fixed costs. Still, the company is like the rest of the industry dependent on political decisions for its survival. A green-red election victory in September would give the company some wind, and fortunately, that's what opinion polls and betting firms predict.
http://www.eolusvind.com/English/tabid/4619/Default.aspx

JOSAB
A very mysterious company, Josab is making portable water purification plants using a filter made by a mineral they have named AquaLite, has the formula (H3O)8(Na,K,Sr)5Ca6Zr3Si26O66(OH)9Cl, and is mined in their own mine in Hungary. They have sold their water treatment plants to places like Burma, Haiti (after the earthquake) and East Africa, and are marketing themselves heavily towards aid organisations. I can't help getting a bit suspicious. But what if it's all true? A miracle mine in Hungary giving clean water to everyone? Wouldn't you want it?
http://www.josab.com/

Kilsta Metall
A sturdy, easy-to-grasp company. They have a big recycling plant, buy scrap metal, process it and sell it back to industry, and have managed to turn a profit. They're borrowing to buy up other plants, thinking they can make efficient the rather depressing recycling industry. Recently, the price is depressed by the suspicious fact that the key figure in the company has sold all his own shares...
http://www.kilstametall.se/

Lightlab
Developing low-energy light bulbs without mercury and lead. Gets patents registered here and there. But the jury is out on whether these lamp bulbs will really work or not.
http://www.lightlab.se/en.aspx

Pilum
Another water-cleaning company active in the third world. However, most revenue comes from smoke gas cleaning in power plants at home. What I find most interesting is that their smoke filters also trap quite some heat in the power plants, thereby making them more efficient. Judging from articles, the company sits on great inventions, but is abused by management that don't know their math enough to get economics in what they're doing. Doesn't that sound like something someone will buy and shape up?
http://www.pilum.se/index.php/eng

Polyplank
Another recycler. They buy wooden and plastic waste and make ... wooden plastic planks of it. (?) Planks for walls, houses, bookshelves etc. They're not in the black yet, but they do sell a lot already. I wonder how tax-funded they are through various green innovation funds, and how well they'll fly when left to their own.
http://www.polyplank.se/

PV Enterprise
Solar panels to caravans, boats, rooftops, as well as to proper solar plants. They import the solar cells, assemble them on frames (and it's the frames that's their "secret sauce") and then exports 95% of sales, mainly to Germany and Spain. Two years ago they were the wonderchild of the stock market, but now it's turned out that management were just manipulating figures, and they're now at 4-5% of their former market value, with new management and owners, a few believers and many skeptics.
http://www.pvesweden.se/eng/

Cyan=Kilsta metall_____ Red=Lightlab_____ Green=Pilum_____ Yellow=Eolus Vind_____ Pink=JOSAB_____ Black=Polyplank_____ Blue=PV Enterprise

Railcare Group
I wanted to find a railroad stock as soon as I learned of the god-sent volcano that stopped all air traffic for a few day, and that will indirectly keep messing with it for months. There are few privately owned public companies in this industry though, especially since I'm sticking to Stockholm-listed stocks for tax reasons (as my investing is pretty much fumbling in the dark, I think I've better pay close attention to what few hard facts I have, such as tax rules). Railcare Group is the one exception. They're basically maintaining rails, mainly in Sweden. Swedish rails are all from the 19th century and used to the max, so they have a lot to repairing to do, and the future will most likely bring more rail traffic, even in the event of conservative governments. But maybe everyone knows that already. At least they know about the volcano, judging from the last days' +20% hike. I might be too late for this party.
http://www.railcaregroup.se/

Rindi Energy B
Owns district heating plants fueled by wood pellets. Most plants are in Sweden, but they're getting into Poland as well. Makes sense to me; Poland is today with its extensive coal fields and conservative governments a heavily coal-reliant country, which sooner or later will scream for Swedish environmentalism-fundamentalism. The share was just recently introduced to public trading one month ago, so the drop in share price shouldn't be seen as a sign of weakness, I guess.
http://www.rindi.se/eng/index.php

RusForest
Swedish-owned Russian forest. Wood is a renewable resource. Furthermore, making durable products of wood binds up carbon for as long as the product's lifetime. Legally logged wood from owned land can be expected to be sustainable as the opposite would be capital destruction. Ecosystems can still suffer from monocultural forestry though. I've tried very hard to find negative/positive accounts of this company's environmental record but found nothing in neither direction. The board of directors are all Swedish and it's listed in Stockholm, but everything else about it is Russian. Some of the logging is exported as is to Nordic sawmills for refinement, some is refined in the company's own mills in Russia, so the company is in a good position no matter when and how Putin decides to take drastic measures against the fact that most of today's production is exported as round logs and then imported back as flat planks at ten times the price. Much of the company's concessions are near the endless resource hunger of China. The company looks promising, profitable yet still cheap. But is this really a green stock?
http://www.rusforest.com/

Safe at Sea
Rescue boats that comes with education for how to best pull people out of the water. Exports to NZ, Persian Gulf, South Africa. A green stock? As someone who refuses to fly and lives on a peninsula, with sister in Cyprus, brother in Japan and in-laws in Taiwan, I can see how being safe at sea is one step towards less fossil-intensive traveling. Still feels a bit peripheral to the whole mission at hand.
http://www.safeatsea.se/#contents

SeaNet Maritime Communications
Conservatives never fail to bring up that my Green Party leader occasionally takes the airplane to get from her family in Helsinki to her struggle for world domination in Stockholm. I am a bit disappointed, but I can almost understand her as the alternative, a 16-hour cruise, doesn't just expose her to noisy tax-free shopping alcoholics, but also makes it hard to communicate with UN, Al Gore, El Nino, Eyjafjallajökull and the rest of the conspiracy. SeaNet makes it possible to be productive during sustainable long-distance travels with their systems for mid-ocean telephone and broadband access. One of their customers is above-mentioned "Viking Line" between Helsinki-Stockholm, and for me that's a green light. One of the owners is Ingvar Kamprad aka IKEA, and the equipment is from Ericsson of course. I want to browse BoardGameGeek next time I take the Trans-Siberian.
http://www.seanet.se/en/

Taurus Energy
A company holding 13 patents on ethanol production, claiming to have unraveled the secrets of cheap cellulosic ethanol, that is, the ability to turn the forested 80% of Sweden into a new green Saudi Arabia. This was my daydream as a young chemistry student (even brought friends out the woods for a ridiculous experiment), maybe I can buy a piece of that dream now. The price has been falling steadily for a while. The reason seems to be that investors are growing impatient; the company was supposed to release some research results ages ago, but they don't, and don't communicate. Poop or gold?
http://www.taurusenergy.eu/EN/

VKG Energy Services
Sells heat pumps to large and small buildings. Used to be a rocket, but was crashed by some crook management that had just inflated figures. The remainings are now being bought up by some investment company that is rumored to take it over. I'm too noob to understand what that means. But being "taken over", having sth that someone wants to buy, how can that be bad? Heat pumps have been the shit for a while around here, as they lower your heating costs. This winter, every miser that went for some cheap imported copy and installed it themselves have had their heat pump system smashed by 20-30 minus degrees, so a lot of small houses need new heat pumps now and VKG is the real deal.
http://images.vkg.se/SiteContent/1/Information_in_eng.pdf

Green=RusForest_____ Blue=RailCare Group _____Yellow=VKG_____ Cyan=SeaNet_____ Red=SafeAtSea_____ Pink=TaurusEnergy_____ Black=RindiEnergi

Some figures:
(NOTE: Capitalisation is given in SEK, not €. There's is roughly 10 SEK to the €.) For all acronym-challenged, please refer to Wikipedia, as I don't really know myself (yet). But as you can see, only four companies made profit the last year. The rest lost money because of the crisis and/or them being upstarts hardly out of development phase. Or just because they're hot air balloons, waiting to crash.

These are the green companies I could find at the "waiting lists" for the stock exchange, hence the many insider problems. I'll get inside to scan the proper lists, but they're so damn long, and I think you have too much to choose from already:

Poll: Where would you put your 2000 €?
Assuming you want to combine maximizing world happiness with maximizing your own profits. And assuming you can afford to lose the money, getting a new chance next month.
Altero
Bahnhof
Borevind
CLEAN OIL TECH
COUNTERMINE.
CWS Comfort Windows
Deflamo
Eolus Vind
JOSAB INTERNATIONAL
KILSTA METALL
Lightlab Sweden
Pilum
POLYPLANK
PV Enterprise
Railcare Group
Rindi Energi
RusForest
Safe at Sea
SeaNet Maritime Communications
Taurus Energy
VKG Energy Services
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I only invest in companies that offer dividends and have growth potential. As such, the only stock I'd touch on that list is probably Railcare

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I only invest in companies that offer dividends and have growth potential. As such, the only stock I'd touch on that list is probably Railcare.
Thanks for your opinion!

I like it too:
+ The company is old and profitable, pays dividends and seem most serious in every way - this money can't vaporize even at the worst of times
+ It's a long-term growth industry (listen to any politician: "trains trains trains")
+ There's also a small possibility that volcano ash air travel chaos causes a price hike on everything alternative-travel-orientated.

- This isn't something that can suddenly sky-rocket, like those awesome-invention-stocks. It can grow roughly with the same choo-choo-train speed as train travel does.
- This winter, the company was busy as hell because of lots of snow-damage. One would think this should have made their books look better, but on the contrary, they got more expenses from doing the extra work. Bad contracts, small capacity or lack of flexibility?
- With a P/E at 30, it looks expensive.
- The price has been stagnant for a long while. I'm looking for a company that has been pushed face in mud, unfairly harshly hit by the financial crisis, and that will bounce back magnificently when things return to normal, or better. A lottery ticket.

In summary, Railcare is on the shortlist. It's the kind of stock my mommy wants me to buy. Not to mention my girlfriend. And my partner. It's been really silent around the company, no buzz whatsoever in forums, blogs, journals. Some gurus say that's a very good sign, meaning that the share price has no speculative air in it. Maybe I should "grab the silence" now, and go for my super-genius-invention lottery ticket next month instead.
 
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Mondainai wrote:
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Go with the indicators... unless you see something that you really support and looks like a great/new idea that might become something.

Market Cap, Price per Earnings and Profit are signs that it is solid. Dividends are always good.
 
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bjlillo wrote:
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Mondainai wrote:
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Go with the indicators... unless you see something that you really support and looks like a great/new idea that might become something.

Market Cap, Price per Earnings and Profit are signs that it is solid. Dividends are always good.


You're so hot when you talk all capitalisty like that.
Capitalism is a poor master but a good servant
 
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bjlillo wrote:
You're so hot when you talk all capitalisty like that.


I am taken, and I don't swing that way... sorry.

My problems with capitalism stem from inequality, inefficiency, inflated value due to speculation and the fact that the way it works in the USA leaves the consumer out the picture for the most of the time - because there is no truth, no attempt to build the better mousetrap and consumers are strung along for revenue. A perfect example would be pharmaceuticals and agri-business. Sustaining-symptomatic-maintenance drugs are preferred to cures and agri-business is not concerned with quality or efficiency - there's no nutrient dense healthy foods that are produced via sustainable methods... it's raze the land, use petroleum to make fertilizer and then package up grain and corn syrup in as many foil bags and plastic bottles as possible - profit reigns or doing what is best for HUMANS. Our consumer culture, entertainment and amount of waste is incredible here... that's really my problem - it is capitalism in practice. I imagine a combination of market with social economics being the solution. Combined with permaculture, social venture capital, land trusts, socialized medicine, public transportation and sustainable energy... you know, things that make sense.

I do not play the market... I make more money playing poker. I stopped in 2005. I made a good share on bets with Netflix, Apple and a few others. I still have a 401(k) that I do manage myself. So, technically I guess I am in. What Harald is doing here is good... I'd be willing to bet that if he had millions he'd do angel capital as well.
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I went for clean oil tech as they seem to have a working product that has a lot of potential for growth. If it works I can see there is a big market for it. Of course I dont know anything about stocks....
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I went for clean oil tech as they seem to have a working product that has a lot of potential for growth. If it works I can see there is a big market for it. Of course I dont know anything about stocks....
It does work! It's installed in a lot of buses running in Sweden today, on commercial basis. That's a big plus of course. As different from the lightbulb, the ethanol and the flame retardant that are big fat "maybes".

What speaks against Clean Oil Tech is that they need a good partner in the automotive industry to really get their product out there. Now their partner is Volvo, the most old-fashioned and oiliest dinosaur on this side of the Atlantic. In a "green future", a company like Volvo is doomed to die and give space to more innovative competitors. So maybe one should wait with Green Oil Tech until they have more partners.

On the other hand, Stockholm alone will replace the second half of all its buses within the next 15 years, to achieve total carbon neutrality. I'd be surprised if they'd turn down this engine-oil-abolisher should it be on the market in time. But is there economy in production yet? More research needed, obviously. My mom's ex is high up in the Stockholm bus world. I'll pump him for information when I get the chance ninja

Another invention that clearly works is the Comfort Windows. I can't see that they have any big partners in house construction yet. But maybe it's better to get in before they have big partners? I believe in Japan. It's terribly hot in summer, terribly cold in winter, their houses aren't very insulated (失礼しました) and they love everything Swedish. Maybe I should buy shares first and then assist in marketing, perhaps by placing ads in all games I send there
 
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Mondainai wrote:
But maybe it's better to get in before they have big partners?


Thats the idea of making it big, isn't it Gordon?

But those windows aint gonna work out, you already have coated double glazed panes that isolate very well and dont require a fancy and expensive rotating frame to work.
 
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But those windows aint gonna work out, you already have coated double glazed panes that isolate very well and dont require a fancy and expensive rotating frame to work.
Yeah, but this is one-way insulation.

Old windows: Heat leaks
New windows: No leakage
Super-new windows: Winter sun warms your house

And the other way around in summer (although I wonder what kind of force is supposed to drive heat energy from a 20 degree room to a 30 degree outside... the rays from your light bulbs get out?)
 
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But those windows aint gonna work out, you already have coated double glazed panes that isolate very well and dont require a fancy and expensive rotating frame to work.
Yeah, but this is one-way insulation.

Old windows: Heat leaks
New windows: No leakage
Super-new windows: Winter sun warms your house

And the other way around in summer (although I wonder what kind of force is supposed to drive heat energy from a 20 degree room to a 30 degree outside... the rays from your light bulbs get out?)


Requiring you to keep your lights on during daytime. There goes the energy savings cool
 
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I'd really love to invest in Peepoo.

It's a plastic bag. You peepoo in it, seal it, store it, and after 2-4 weeks (depending on temperature) you have a bag of perfectly clean and very nutritious soil. A year's consumption of these bags cost 12 USD. That's 1 USD a month. Even poor people can afford that, especially since they'd get excellent soil instead of diarrhea and other humanure diseases. This little invention is expected to save the lives of millions. The company hasn't been listed on any stock exchanges yet, but I've e-mailed the CEO and asked how to invest. I'll let you know (after I've bought my share first )

http://www.peepoople.com/
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I went for Railcare Group. I felt more like getting one of those new cool inventions, but I wanted to "seize the volcano ash". A lot of alternative-transport stocks went up sharply, Maersk, Stagecoach etc, but there was no movement on Railcare Group, not a single word about it anywhere. So I felt I needed to "seize the silence". The fact that the green-red alliance announced this morning that they will spend 12 billion € on high-speed rails all over the country if they win in September (which they will) didn't hurt of course.

So, 2000 € in rail transport!

But next month it's genius green invention time
 
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I just bought shares in a community run bookstore in NYC called Vox Pop. Shares get you a discount, voting rights and the ability to book events, etc. There's no profit for me and I probably won't be taking advantage of the benefits or selling shares that will increase in value...
 
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