AM Oil Resources & Technology (AMOR.OB)
California-based AM Oil Resources & Technology (AMOR.OB) focuses on using its patented technologies to enhance oil production and rekindle production at marginally producing wells worldwide. The company has been awarded two US patents for their technology along with patent protection in 26 other countries.
After primary and secondary methods of oil recovery techniques are used, thirty to sixty per cent of the total oil available still remains in the well. Oil producers then turn their efforts to tertiary oil recovery methods. Steaming oil wells to recover crude oil is the most effective tertiary methodology to enhance the recovery of marginally producing wells. However, this method is cost prohibitive to many smaller, marginal oil producers. That is where AM Oil's technology comes in.
AM Oil's patented Portable Steam Generator System, Portable Thermo-Gas Repressurizing System and Deep Steam Generator offer unique portability and low cost of operation not previously available to the smaller oil producers. One advantage of the company's products, for instance, is that there is no need for long and expensive piping to bring steam to the wells. The company's portable steam generators can be set up in relatively close proximity to the wells and can also be moved from well to well.
A ready market for AM Oil's products definitely exists. There are over 480,000 producing “stripper wells” in the United States alone, along with hundreds of thousands of other similar oil wells worldwide. The company's management believes that its unique approach of applying its proprietary, environmentally-safe technologies to marginal wells with known reserves will earn the company a profitable niche in the petroleum industry.
Petroleum demand has been stifled by the global economic slowdown. However, eventually global growth, led by the emerging markets such as China, will resume. When the demand for the limited global petroleum resources begins to increase again, AM Oil Resources & Technologies should be a major beneficiary.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (KBLB.OB)
A cutting edge biotechnology company, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. is involved with the development of polymer based genetic projects directed at producing commercial amounts of spider silk. Spider silk has been found to be stronger then steel on a pound for pound basis, but has yet to be commercialized in enough quantity for the mass market. Kraig Biocraft laboratories Inc. has made significant strides with genetic gene sequencing and is on pace to achieve commercial quantity production techniques.
Partnering with two leading universities, Kraig Biocraft has been making quick headway in the mass manufacturing of spider silk. By inserting packets of identified genetic insect sequencing into silk worms, the company has been able to produce spider silk with markers in forward generations of the worms. Kraig Biocraft has been able to make a record 5,000 insertions of the identified genetic packets per week. The genetic cycle of a worm is two weeks. As insertions increase and a two week forward genetic cycle continues, in tandem with other aspects of the project, commercial production will become more economically feasible.
The market for spider silk is potentially very large. Falling into the technical fabrics market, spider silk compares with aramids and its leading thread Kevlar. Spider silks ability to absorb forces and dissipate them before breaking is as good as other aramids, if not better. As a result, market potential rests in areas such as bullet resistant vests, medical applications and others applications where vibration dampening properties are required. As development is furthered, market potential could rise to be a significant part of the estimated $90 billion technical fabrics marketplace.
The company’s major jumps forward are largely intellectual property and patent protected. The company holds several key patents and anticipates several more as it moves closer to a total solution for commercial spider silk production. As the company moves forward, contemplation of a forward split of the company’s common stock has been discussed. Kim Thompson, the founder of the company and technology, currently holds approximately 64% of the 50 million outstanding common shares. Forward split or not, the company’s patent work is likely to be a vehicle for application in other genetic work. As insertions are perfected and better understood, spider silk is likely to be just the first step in a genetic evolution.
Sector 10 Inc. (SECT.OB)
Sector 10 Inc. is dedicated to manufacturing and selling mobile and stationary emergency response units to “bridge the survival gap” in emergencies. Units can be prepositioned as stationary response units (SRU) or as mobile response units (MRU) for those needing emergency equipment and direction before first responders arrive. The company is a forward thinking company working to examine emergency response needs through development of expert emergency response specialists and sales and management teams. The company markets globally but considers its first two major markets to be San Francisco and New York City.
The MRU and SRU products have been fully researched by emergency response specialists from around the world. How people respond psychologically and which emergency products may be required in an emergency have been addressed for inclusion. Smoke breathing masks, first aid products, real time 3D tracking interface, exit instructions, stair stretcher and wireless communications and identification systems are some of the elements designed into the units.
The many compartments, products and elements designed into the MRU’s and SRU’s address a fractured emergency response marketplace. The units are patent pending with respect to the many innovative elements included. Inevitably, others will enter the marketplace as SECT 10’s units become commonplace and threat levels of many kinds increase around the world. The multiple patents assigned to the units will protect the company from others wishing to capitalize on the company’s extensive research and development activities.
Forward thinking is a large part of being prepared for an emergency and future business opportunity. Company goals have been met in 2008 and goals for 2009/10 have been set. Twenty-five international companies have contacted SECT 10 about SRU’s and MRU’s. Several have made orders for assessment in larger scale settings. Most customer applications are designed for multiple unit integrated systems in high rise buildings, hospitals or campus settings while insurance company interest revolves around liability reduction.
Stratos Renewables Corporation (SRNW.OB)
Stratos Renewables Corporation, headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, is looking even further south to grow their business. They are a developmental stage enterprise focusing their efforts on the integrated sugarcane ethanol industry in South America. They engage in the production, processing, and distribution of sugarcane ethanol, a renewable energy source, through their project in Peru.
Developing a product that's increasingly in demand, the Company's corporate goal is to become one of the most cost-efficient sugarcane ethanol operations in the world. Sugarcane is the primary fuel source for Brazil, and Stratos Renewables Corporation believes that Peru has the capability to grow up to double the amount of sugarcane per hectare than an equivalent Brazilian operation can.
Sugarcane-based ethanol is currently the only biofuel that creates no net carbon dioxide emissions. It is clean burning, and while not a complete replacement for gasoline, the integration of 10-85 percent ethanol into a gasoline supply can substantially reduce oil consumption. It can also reduce fuel-burning emissions that contribute to global warming.
The Company's planned first-to-market operations are along the northern coast of Peru in an underdeveloped coastal region where they will cultivate and harvest their sugarcane. Stratos plans to offer competitive industry, environmental, and economic advantages of low-cost, high-yield sugarcane ethanol production. The energy required to convert sugar into sugarcane ethanol is approximately half of what it takes to convert corn into ethanol.
With Stratos Renewables, it's all about employing advanced technology to meet their goals. They are employing sophisticated crop management techniques and equipment to become a world-leading producer. They plan to invest heavily in water irrigation technology, as back-up water supply, and land preparation to ensure the longevity and productivity of their fields. Stratos plans to draw water directly from underground aquifers, as this is less difficult, costly, and labor-intensive than using canals and/or pipelines.
Stratos Renewables acquired, and is making progress toward the relocation and expansion of their Estrella del Norte sugarcane mill. They expect the expansion, the addition of a distillery, and the relocation will be complete by the end of the third quarter of this year. On top of that, they have plans for production to begin immediately following the completion of these upgrade initiatives.
With operations close to their ports and their customers, Stratos Renewables’ business model will move along just fine. Their ‘Renewable Feedstock for a Cleaner Tomorrow’ is more than just a slogan; it's their focus for reducing consumers' dependence on oil. Stratos has chosen the right crop, the right country, at the right time and have clearly set the stage to become the world leader in low cost Ethanol production.
Superlattice Power, Inc. (SLAT.OB)
Nevada-based Superlattice Power (SLAT.OB) is focusing its resources on developing lithium-ion batteries, primarily for electric automobiles. The company's goal is to develop a battery that will allow an electric vehicle to go 200 miles on a single charge. Lithium-powered batteries may also be used in the future to store power from alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind, for later usage in homes and businesses.
A typical lithium battery is composed of an anode, a cathode, and lithium ions which charge or discharge depending on their polarity. Storage capacity for typical lithium batteries has been limited to 3.6 volts and their chemical compositions allowed for both relatively rapid deterioration and battery aging. This has delayed widespread development of all-electric vehicles for years.
Superlattice is focused on advancing lithium-ion battery technology into the 21st century by working on a new cathode material that can be integrated into a lithium-ion battery. This new cathode material has a hexagonal honeycomb-like structure. This superlattice structure has periodically alternating layers of manganese, titanium, cobalt and nickel to accommodate more chemicals and interactions and, most importantly, provide more energy than prior-generation lithium batteries. Superlattice Power's new cathode material is safe, environmentally-friendly and affordable.
Superlattice Power is pushing hard to take their technology from the laboratory to production. The company recently announced that its new cathode material can enter large-scale production, which will make the material very affordable. The company will now have the ability to produce the new cathode materials in batches of 100 kg each and at a very reasonable cost.
With the development of their new technology, Superlattice Power believes that efficient all-electric vehicles will soon become affordable for the average consumer. The company believes it has positioned itself to reap the benefits from the 21st century movement away from fossil fuel powered vehicles and toward all-electric vehicles.