Solar Energy Stocks
Photovoltaics (solar cells) are semiconductor devices that convert sunlight into direct current. They have no moving parts, require no maintenance, have zero emissions and are totally silent. The are a key component (the other being Fuel Cells) that are critical to a fully distributed Hydrogen Economy.
BP Solar is a global company with over 30 years of experience and over 2000 employees focused on harnessing the sun´s energy to produce electricity. BP Solar manufactures, designs, markets and installs quality solar electric systems for a wide range of applications in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. With over 30 years of experience and installations in over 160 countries, BP Solar is one of the world´s largest solar companies and has manufacturing facilities in the US, Spain, India and Australia. BP Solar is part of BP one of the world´s leading energy companies.
Capstone Turbine Corp. (NASDAQ: CPST) Capstone Turbine Corporationis the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems. In 1998, Capstone was the first to offer commercial energy products utilizing microturbine technology, the result of more than ten years of focused research. Capstone Turbine has shipped more than 3,000 Capstone MicroTurbine systems to customers worldwide.
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) Cypress Semiconductor Corporation engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for networking, wireless infrastructure and handsets, computation, consumer, automotive, and industrial markets. It operates through three segments: Memory, Non-Memory, and SunPower. The Memory segment designs and produces static random access memories (SRAMs). It offers various SRAM products, including fast asynchronous SRAMs, double data rate SRAMs, More Battery Life and micropower SRAMs, No Bus Latency and synchronous burst SRAMs, and Quad Data Rate SRAMs, as well as offers image sensors. The Non-Memory segment offers dual-port memories; first-in, first-out memories; framers; Grating Light Valve; high-speed optical transceiver link physical layer devices; network search engines; physical layer devices; QuadPort datapath switching elements; programmable clocks; programmable logic devices; Programmable System-on-Chip reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays; registered buffers; RoboClock clock buffers; USB controllers; and WirelessUSB controllers. The SunPower segment designs and manufactures silicon solar cells based on an interdigitated backside contact design. The company sells its products through a direct sales force, manufacturing representative firms, distributors, and international trading companies, and representative firms in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, as well as in Japan. Cypress was co-founded by T.J. Rodgers. The company was incorporated in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
DayStar Technologies, Inc. (DSTI) has developed a thin-film copper-indium-gallium-selenide solar cell (CIGS solar cell) for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity, which is known as the photovoltaic (PV) effect. The Company is developing a high-volume manufacturing process that could significantly reduce the cost of solar cell production, and therefore reduce the cost of solar electricity. Prototypes of the Company's CIGS cells produced in batches in the laboratory are being tested by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and Dutch Space B.V. for satellite power applications.
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Deli Solar USA, Inc. (OTCBB: DLSL) through its subsidiary, Bazhou Deli Solar Energy Heating Co., Ltd., engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of renewable energy systems to produce hot water and for space heating.
ECD's photovoltaic technology is a thin film amorphous silicon on a flexible steel substrate. This has the advantages of a lighter end product and a more flexible product which may have more uses due to its greater flexibility. ECD designs and builds manufacturing machinery that incorporates its proprietary production processes, maintains ongoing research and development programs to continually improve its products, and develops new applications for its technologies. ECD holds the basic patents in its fields.
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENER) ECD is the leader in the synthesis of new materials and the development of advanced production technology and innovative products. It has invented, pioneered and developed enabling technologies leading to new products and production processes based on amorphous, disordered and related materials, with an emphasis on advanced information technologies and alternative energy, including photovoltaics, fuel cells, hydride batteries and hydride storage materials capable of storing hydrogen in the solid state for use as a feedstock for fuel cells or internal combustion engines or as an enhancement or replacement for any type of hydrocarbon fuel.
Emcore Corp (EMKR) offers a portfolio of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the broadband, fiber optic, satellite, solar, and wireless communications markets.The Photovoltaics segment provides solar cell products and solar panels to global satellite communications market.
EPOD INTL INC (OTCBB: EPOI) is a leader in the development of advanced energy management technologies with real-world market applications. The Company's patent-pending ‘Energy Pod' technology manages and manipulates electrical energy such that utilization of DC-electric battery power becomes significantly more efficient. EPOD's patent-pending and proprietary technologies are applicable to a wide variety of industries including the global solar power market, and are available through licensed OEM's and directly to end-users.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESLR) develops, manufactures, and markets solar power products utilizing the Company's patented solar power technologies. This technology is a ribbon based technology, in which a thin ribbon of silicon is pulled from a container of molten silicon. This creates thin ribbons of silicon, which may have more flexibility and a potentially lower cost due to the somewhat automated manufacturing process. The products provide reliable and environmentally clean electric power in global markets. Solar power applications include wireless power for remote homes, water pumping, lighting, and rural electrification, as well as complete power systems for electric utility customers choosing to generate their own environmentally benign power. The company's factory and headquarters are in Marlboro, MA.
GiraSolar, Inc. (OTCPK:GRSR) DutchSolar is a 100% owned subsidiary of GiraSolar BV (www.girasolar.com) of the Netherlands. GiraSolar BV is 51% owned by USA based GiraSolar Inc.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$429 million (JP¥ 45,908 million).
Open Energy Corp. (OTCBB: OEGY) focuses on the development and commercialization of renewable energy products and technologies for a wide range of applications including solar energy, power production, and water desalination. The Company pursues these objectives through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, technology transfer opportunities, and other business strategies.
Q-Cells AG (XETRA: QCE.DE; OTC.PK: QCLSF) is a high-performing company in the future and growth market of photovoltaics. The Company's core business is the development, production and sale of mono- and polycrystalline, silicon-based solar cells. Furthermore, Q-Cells is developing additional important technologies through partnerships for the commercialization of these technologies.
Solar Enertech Corp. (OTCBB: SOEN) a development stage company, does not have significant operations. It intends concentrate on the development of a sales network and construction of a manufacturing facility for production of solar cells to capitalize opportunities in the photovoltaic energy industry.
Solar Night Industries, Inc. (OTC.PK: SLND), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global manufacturer and distributor of innovative solar products. The company was founded by technology, manufacturing and sales executives with extensive industry experience and proven track records of success. The company has operations in St. Louis, Missouri and Sarasota, Florida, with affiliate offices in Mainland China. The company is developing products for consumer, business, and government markets.
Spire Corporation (NASDAQ: SPIR) consists of three wholly owned subsidiaries, all based upon a common technology platform.
Spire Biomedical, Inc. provides processing services to improve the performance of implantable medical devices and markets specialty catheters. Spire Biophotonics Lifesciences develops biomedical instrumentation and includes Bandwidth Semiconductor, LLC, a compound semiconductor foundry. Spire Solar, Inc. provides solar electric module manufacturing equipment which can provide a “turnkey” ability to customers to manufacture their own photovoltaic single crystal panels. Spire also produces and sells complete photovoltaic solar energy systems.
SunPower Corp. (SPWR) designs and manufactures high-efficiency silicon solar cells and solar panels based on an all-back-contact cell design. SunPower's solar cells and panels generate up to 50 percent more power per square foot than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. SunPower is a majority owned subsidiary of Cypress (NYSE:CY ).
Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) specializes in the research, development and sale of solar cells, modules and Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Founded in January of 2001 by Dr. Zhengrong Shi, a distinguished solar technology scientist and patent holder with strong international experience, Suntech has rapidly matured into an industry leader. In less than three years Suntech has increased manufacturing capacity by 12 times, ranking as the 5th largest PV cell manufacturer in the world in 2005 according to Photon International.
Sunways (SWWG.DE) Sunways AG was incorporated in 1993 in Constance and transformed into a stock corporation under German law (Aktiengesellschaft) in 1999. Our core competence is the development and production of silicon-based high-performance solar cells and solar inverters. In addition to consultancy services, planning, implementation and delivery of large and small photovoltaic systems for project sponsors as well as wholesaling and electrical appliances trading, our subsidiary MHH Solartechnik GmbH markets among other things the Sunways Solar Inverter. To us, innovation is a major corporate principle as we are active in an environment that requires permanent technological innovation. Innovative ideas, the technical know-how acquired over many years, the intensive cooperation with the University of Constance (the leading institute for photovoltaic research worldwide) and profound market knowledge enable Sunways to develop innovative, marketable products. Through technological leadership we strive for a major share in the anticipated continuous growth of the photovoltaics market.
WorldWater & Power Corp. (WWAT.OB) engages in the design, development, and marketing of technology relating to water needs and solar power applications, including solar power projects and international water management consulting. The company offers AquaMax system, an electronic board that reads and translates the output of solar electric direct current from solar panels, converting the flow into alternate current (AC) for delivery to water pumps in deep wells, rivers, or 3-phase AC motors.
Xantrex Technology Inc (TSX.V: XTX) is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced power electronic products and systems for the distributed, mobile and programmable power markets. The company's products convert raw electrical power from any central, distributed, or backup power source into high-quality power required by electronic and electrical equipment. A Xantrex GT 3.0 efficiently converts direct current power from solar panels into high-quality alternating current electricity for sale to the electric grid, slowing down or reversing the electric meter.
XsunX (OTCBB: XSNX) Building-Integrated Photovoltaics - XsunX is the developer of Power Glass -- an innovative solar technology that allows glass windows to produce electricity from the power of the sun. This proprietary process is intended to allow manufacturers to apply a transparent and photovoltaic glazing to glass and other transparent substrates. When XsunX glazing is exposed to light, the light energy is converted into electrical energy for use as a power source. XsunX believes that its solar electric glazing technology has a number of major market opportunities in the worldwide architectural glass, optical film and plastics markets.