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April 6th, 2022 | 10:19 CEST

Ballard Power, dynaCERT, Plug Power - Hydrogen more important than ever before

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The consequences are already apparent, at the latest when you stand at the gas pump and look at the horrendous increases of the last weeks. Germany is paying the price because of its overdependence on one customer, in this case, Russia. It is also a fact that Germany is moving too slowly concerning the energy transition. Acceleration is now imperative. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has already been identified as the missing piece of the puzzle and is becoming all the more important due to the current geopolitical tensions.

time to read: 3 minutes | Author: Stefan Feulner
ISIN: BALLARD PWR SYS | CA0585861085 , DYNACERT INC. | CA26780A1084 , PLUG POWER INC. DL-_01 | US72919P2020

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    Capping, as soon as possible

    Even before the invasion of Ukraine, dependence on Russian oil, gas and coal, and agricultural and other products was well known. Germany is dependent on strong partners for energy. The switch from fossil fuels to renewables such as wind, solar or hydrogen is already a done deal but is likely to take years, if not decades. Now, however, everything has to happen very quickly. Ever tougher sanctions against what was recently the most important exporting country for Germany are causing it to cry out for alternatives.

    Hydrogen as a piece of the puzzle

    Before the Ukraine conflict, politicians were betting big on hydrogen, especially the Greens. The National Hydrogen Strategy aims to establish climate-friendly hydrogen, especially from renewable energies, and its downstream products as key elements of the energy transition in order to complete decarbonization processes in specific areas. The German government made EUR 8 billion available for selected projects in mid-2021. Governments are also subsidizing promising hydrogen projects internationally. In Canada, the "December 2020" strategy sets out a vision of clean hydrogen meeting 30% of the country's energy needs by 2050.

    The long wait for a breakthrough

    In Canada, dynaCERT has been producing and marketing a technology for more than 15 years to significantly reduce CO2 emissions without incurring high conversion costs for fleet operators. With the patented electrolysis system "HydraGEN," it is possible to minimize the CO² emissions of large diesel engines by about 19% without loss of power by adding a small amount of hydrogen. This technology has already been used in more than 400 heavy vehicles for test runs. In addition, intelligent software has been developed by dynaCERT that documents and analyzes data such as emission savings and fuel consumption. Based on this data, certificates for the CO² saved can be generated, which can be converted into cash on the energy exchanges - as soon as the process is certified.

    Full-year 2021 results were released earlier this week. In this regard, the past year continued to be significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 restrictions and the limitations of the Company's dealers to provide installation services. As a result, revenue for the full year was only CAD 757,002.

    Total cash on hand at the end of the year was CAD 8.34 million. dynaCERT had cash outflows from operating cash flow of CAD 8.66 million due to a net loss of CAD 16.32 million impacted by non-cash adjustments of CAD 7.38 million. As a result of the disappointing numbers, the stock plummeted to CAD 0.155 but then stabilized in the CAD 0.16 range on high volume. The stock market value is currently EUR 45.93 million. There is no question that the patented technology is innovative, but market participants are waiting for the breakthrough and the move to commercialization. At the current level, an entry is highly speculative.

    Recovery among the big players

    From a technical perspective, the charts of the major hydrogen and fuel cell players continue to brighten. Plug Power was able to break out above the resistance at USD 29.78 and now has follow-up potential up to the USD 33.18 area. In the long term, as explained in a report, the industry leader is given great advance praise. After 24 years without a profit, investors should at least be warned if the visions issued do not materialize in full.

    In the short term, the technical situation also looks positive for the Canadian counterpart, Ballard Power. With a sustainable breakout from the resistance area at USD 12.96, the way to the next resistance at USD 14.53 would be clear.

    Due to the Ukraine conflict, the cries for alternatives to energy production that weaken the dependence on Russia are becoming louder. Hydrogen or fuel cells are the future. The shares of market leaders Ballard Power and Plug Power have trading potential. dynaCERT is stabilizing despite weak numbers and offers a highly speculative entry opportunity.

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    Der Autor

    Stefan Feulner

    The native Franconian has more than 20 years of stock exchange experience and a broadly diversified network.
    He is passionate about analyzing a wide variety of business models and investigating new trends.

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