Axial Vector Energy Corp. (OTCBB:AVEC)
Axial Vector Energy Corp. (AVEC), developer of innovative multi-fuel engines, motors, and power generators, is, above all, focused on efficiency. The Oregon-based company develops and licenses some of the most efficient internal combustion engines, electric power generator technologies, and electrical motors available in the world today. The core of the company’s technology is its revolutionary axial flux technology, which allows far more efficiency in the conversion of energy. As a result, axial flux engines are lighter, and operate more efficiently, with less maintenance, than other internal combustion engines. In addition, they run on a variety of fuels and produce fewer emissions.
Because the engines are more fuel efficient, smaller and lighter for a given energy output, they have obvious application in the mobile market, including automobiles, tractors, and ships. Furthermore, their reduced emissions make them attractive for industrial equipment applications. Considering the volatility of the fuel market, the fact that the engines can run on gasoline, diesel, kerosene, bio-diesels, ethanol, and even natural gas or propane, makes the engines even more attractive to the industry.
AVEC also has high-efficiency generators, for such things as wind-driven electricity generation. These axial flux permanent magnet generators are capable of producing electricity at an incredible 97% efficiency. When combined with the axial flux multi-fuel engine, the resulting GENSET becomes one of the most efficient and flexible generators of electricity on the planet.
In a military environment, one of the product’s key features is the fully integrated digital control system, providing control over engine speed and other parameters. The system is also satellite-communication capable, allowing it to be remotely monitored and diagnosed. This is especially useful for geographically wide-ranging or inhospitable military environments.
In addition to engines and generators, AVEC also has coreless axial flux motors, which are much smaller and lighter than standard electric motors, and are over 95% efficient in converting electrical energy to mechanical motion. This is important, since electric motors are estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy to consume nearly 60% of all the electricity produced in the U.S., and many are relatively inefficient.
AVEC’s technology has many potential applications, but they are all centered on efficiency.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB:KBLB)
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has captured the imagination of many people, not just investors. That’s because the Michigan-based company, together with university researchers in other states, has been silently closing in on one of the most illusive, and potentially lucrative, goals in chemical and genetic science. The goal is the production of one of nature’s most common materials, spider silk. Spiders have been producing silk for countless years, slowly evolving it into a fiber of almost miraculous properties.
First of all, spider silk is remarkably tough, while at the same time being almost as light as air. As a result, spider silk has the highest strength to weight ratio known, with the possible exception of single wall carbon nanotubes. This makes it ideal for the resilient technical fiber market, currently dominated by DuPont’s super strong synthetic fiber Kevlar. In addition, spider silk is both hypoallergenic and biodegradable, opening up even more potential applications. As if that weren’t enough, spider silk is considerably more elastic than the Kevlar, allowing it to absorb more energy.
But spider silk has a problem. Nobody has developed a quick and cost effective way of making it. Nobody, that is, except spiders. And spiders aren’t much good when it comes to mass production. Unlike silkworms, which can be brought together by the millions to produce volumes of silk, spiders tend to be solitary, attacking each other when they get too close. There have been various attempts to bypass spiders in the production process, but nothing has led to commercial scale production.
Kraig Laboratories believes it has the answer and has brought together some of the best minds in genetic engineering to implement it. The company believes it can genetically modify silkworms to produce spider silk, as well as other specialized proteins. Company researchers have already managed to successfully insert into silkworms the genetic code for producing spider silk, and have also verified the efficacy of the transfer. But many such DNA insertions will be required to get commercially viable spider silk. Fortunately, the company’s scientific team, led by Malcolm J. Fraser, Ph.D., has made tremendous progress in scaling up the number of insertions being performed, and tens of thousands of insertions have now been achieved.
However, don’t look for Kraig Biocraft to go into large scale production, even after finalizing the means to mass produce spider silk. Look instead for the company to offer their growing intellectual capital portfolio to other companies for actual production. Considering the fact that the potential market would be in the billions, there should be no shortage of demand.
General Environmental Management, Inc. (OTCBB:GEVI)
General Environmental Management Inc. (GEM) is a full-service waste management company, providing waste and environmental solutions to commercial, government, and industrial clients in the Western U.S. Specific services include the following:
- Management and transportation of waste
- Design and management of on-site waste treatment systems
- Management of large remediation projects
- Response to environmental incidents and spills
- Assistance with environmental, health, and safety compliance
One of the company’s key strengths is its proprietary web-based enterprise software system, called GEMWare, for the efficient coordination and management of integrated waste solutions. The advanced system allows clients, and GEM, to track all activities related to waste management, including handling, packaging, transportation, final recycling and disposal. It also provides comprehensive updated information on environmental regulatory compliance guidelines, disposal site capabilities, waste stream histories, and shipment transaction activity.
The company, based in Pomona, California, operates several field service locations and one treatment/storage/disposal facility. GEM handles both hazardous and non-hazardous materials, including materials subject to federal and state regulations. Every attempt is made to find a recycle option for clients, or, if one is not available, the most cost effective means of disposal. The company works closely with clients in helping them meet all regulatory requirements.
GEM is headed by CEO Timothy Koziol, who joined the company in 2002 and has been instrumental in the restructuring and refinance of GEM’s predecessor company, Hazpak Environmental Services (HES). The turnaround process involved the implementation of a number of accounting controls and systems, along with improved operational efficiencies and new sales and marketing programs.
Mr. Koziol is supported by a management team with extensive industrial management and financial experience. The current President and COO is Bill Mitzel, who has over 25 years of environmental management experience. The Executive VP and CFO is Brett Clark, who retains over 30 years of corporate financial experience. The Executive VP of Compliance and VP of Human Resources Development is Clyde Rhodes, with 15 years in the environmental services industry. And the VP of EnviroSolutions is Mr. Namki Yi, with over 18 years of hazardous waste management.
eDoorways, Inc. (OTCBB:EDWY)
Ask any business what it wants more than anything else in the world and the answer is usually “customers”. Most merchants are convinced of the quality of their product or service, and its value to the consumer, but are frustrated that they can’t get more customers in the door to actually try it. Traditional advertising and marketing approaches have been around for years, but have generally been costly, unfocused, difficult to evaluate and monitor, and often ineffective. For example, printing up display ads in various publications is expensive and difficult to focus, as is radio and television advertising. Direct mail is more focused, but very costly, and sending out a team of sales people greatly multiplies labor costs.
The Internet revolution opened up a whole new door of marketing possibilities, with the promise of reaching the consumer in ways that are tightly targeted, easy to monitor, and far less expensive. But it hasn’t been a simple trip. Unexpected ideas and technologies have developed, often leaving the business community unsure of exactly which way to turn. There’s been an increasing need for someone to bring all of the new options and capabilities together to provide the optimum marketplace for both business and consumers.
A new company, eDoorways, is expected to do just that when it formally launches its new consumer/business website later this year. By offering merchants and consumers a dramatically different way of finding each other, communicating, and doing business, eDoorways hopes to revolutionize the marketplace. The idea is to skillfully combine social networking, directories, advanced search capabilities, independent rating systems, and other information and communication technologies into a single platform that will eventually become the go-to place for solving consumer problems.
If things work out the way eDoorways plans, it should be a treat for both merchants and consumers. After all, business has always hated wasting money on advertising that hits the wrong people, and consumers have always hated getting pelted with ads that they aren’t interested in. When a consumer has a question or a problem, eDoorways will be able to offer them objective easy-to-find answers, which may or may not involve a merchant. A combination of user guides and independent experts will help guide them to the best solution. Vendors, who may be part of that solution, will benefit by being connected with highly targeted consumers who have an improved understanding of what they need.
It represents a long time promise of the Internet that a lot of people have been waiting for, the same people that are now anxiously awaiting the formal “soft launch” of the company’s site, currently scheduled for October. If all goes according to plan, it should be an interesting day for more than just eDoorways.
DataCall Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:DCLT)
DataCall Technologies is all about realizing the full potential of digital signage. Digital Signage has taken off in a big way all across the country, and the world, with spending for the new technology expected to top $1.6 billion in North America alone this year, up 24% from last year. Moreover, there are no indications that this growth will slow. That’s because of the tremendous advantages afforded by transitioning to this new way of displaying information.
Digital signage replaces old fashioned static signs with digital technology, offering a whole new range of communication possibilities. Besides providing displays that are bright and eye-catching, both day and night, it adds an entirely new dimension, the dimension of time. Most traditional signs are limited to one fixed message, with expensive and problematic mechanical signs sometimes offering two or three. But digital signs offer a virtually unlimited number of messages, programmable to change and display instantly, at any time, in any conceivable combination. Different messages can be displayed at different times of the day to target different markets. The same is true for different times of the week or month or year. Displays can also be split to offer more than one message at the same time as well as be animated, providing motion within a message.
One of the big advantages to digital signage, of course, is that the displays can be instantly updated, which is where DataCall Technologies plays a major role. DataCall offers an extensive library of continuously updated digital signage content that is a powerful draw to viewers. Up-to-the-minute news, weather, sports, traffic, financial and other information grabs viewer attention, allowing the main message to have its fullest impact.
Efforts to produce the desired proteins in a transgenic silkworm have significantly accelerated during the course of the year, possibly leading to a breakthrough by the end of 2009. Kraig Biocraft has been able to make 5000+ insertions of genetic packets per week. The company reached a milestone in May with the announcement of the creation of eight spider silk-based genetic constructs. The genetic constructs are packets of DNA that act as a blueprint for the creation of new polymers and spider silk-based proteins.
DataCall’s revenue and customer base has show impressive growth over the past few years. Early on, the company established well thought out strategies and corporate partnerships, making it able to penetrate nearly all digital signage venues. DataCall’s feeds are now seen in hotels, medical centers, resorts, banks, restaurants, schools and universities as well as on billboards. The increasing affordability of the technology continues to fuel the growth of DataCall and the digital signage industry.