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May 21st, 2024 | 07:30 CEST

Blackout ahead! Artificial intelligence becomes a power problem: Plug Power, Nel ASA and Carbon Done Right Developments

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OpenAI has unveiled a new version of ChatGPT that communicates more humanely than any AI before it. Google is also rebuilding its search engine and will answer queries with AI-generated summaries in the future. According to experts, the boom in such tools could soon lead to network overload or even a blackout. This is because AI applications consume an enormous amount of power in data centers. The energy consumption of an AI-generated question differs from a normal search engine entry by up to a factor of 10. This puts the energy transition at risk, as full electrification will require more and more electricity for electric vehicles, heat pumps and electricity-based industrial solutions, which politicians want to come from renewable energy sources. However, the International Energy Agency predicts that the electricity demand will increase by 80 to 150% by 2050. The stock market evaluates energy companies according to their return potential without any ideological bias. Where are the opportunities for investors?

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: André Will-Laudien

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    Plug Power and Nel ASA - Pulling the plug

    It was a very dark day for the recently popular hydrogen stocks. While there was still a sense of euphoria at the beginning of the week, this was already forgotten by the end of the week. This was due to the generous investment guarantee of USD 1.66 billion for the ailing H2 expert Plug Power. This amount was granted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the accelerated construction of 6 megawatt H2 factories in various states. With this conditional commitment, the electrolyser stack manufacturer has reached a significant milestone, demonstrating the DOE's intention to fund future Plug Power projects.

    However, the emphasis should be on "conditional". Before any funds can flow, the Company must meet a series of technical, legal, environmental, and financial conditions. It took 48 hours for the stock market to catch on to the fact that this is only a guarantee for the time being and that no money has flowed on the investment side yet. The industry is still dependent on private investment, which is rare because green hydrogen is not economically competitive. Therefore, it must be subsidized by the state to have a chance on the market as an alternative energy source.

    Our "flash in the pan" assessment from last Wednesday hit the mark perfectly. Plug Power has again lost over 40% from its high, while Nel ASA has been spared with a loss of 10%. The advice remains: Stay vigilant, as the sector correction will likely continue for a while longer.

    Carbon Done Right Developments - Climate protection at your fingertips

    Anyone engaged in climate change initiatives should focus on projects that offer a measurable improvement compared to the status quo because an existing climate impact can be measured in CO2 units. For the financial world, there are also tradable rights for such pollution in the form of carbon certificates. These certificates aim to provide an end-to-end assessment of CO2 emissions for the purpose of pricing and passing them on to the industry. There are still industrial sectors, such as mining, heavy industry, the defense industry, and the traditional energy industry, where the need for action has been building up for decades.

    Nothing can be done quickly here because entire production processes must be adjusted to lower emissions, which takes years and consumes billions in investments. In addition, the new process landscapes also require the commitment of the management to implement them. Those who have not yet embraced this mindset or are operating within the legal deadlines will need to purchase "pollution rights" on the capital market. Where there are buyers, there are, of course, also producers. They generate suitable compensation programs through reforestation measures, with appropriate certification, and produce these tradable rights. Although the overall process balances out to zero, the measures do not further burden the planet.

    The Canadian company Carbon Done Right Developments (formerly Klimat X) is committed to offsetting climate pollution. It offers CO2 polluters corresponding investment opportunities in environmental projects that focus on forest regeneration, mangrove protection and water conservation. In order to better address the market and also establish new blockchain-based business models, the Company has announced the prospect of a listing on AIM in addition to its Canadian listing. By using blockchain technology, each transaction is carefully recorded in a decentralized ledger so that the origin, ownership, and full transaction history of each certificate is verifiable and unalterable. Due to the delayed submission of the figures for 2023, a KLX share can currently be purchased cheaply between CAD 0.04 and 0.05. The stock is tradable in Frankfurt and on the TSX with a market capitalization at a low level of EUR 3 million.

    Alibaba - This could be the starting signal

    The shares of the online giant Alibaba have been consolidating for a long time. To increase its competitiveness in e-commerce, the Chinese trading company is increasingly relying on artificial intelligence. Users can now use an AI chatbot on the Company's platform to make personalized product recommendations. For example, flat-screen TVs from a well-known Japanese brand are suggested according to the user's specifications. This service is supported by a powerful AI language model developed from the Company's cloud-based data. The power of these tools is impressive.

    There were figures again last week. Despite many technological innovations, Alibaba recently saw its market share decline from 80% in 2017 to 37% in 2023. In the last financial year (ending 30.03.24), revenue increased by 8% to around USD 130.4 billion, and net profit rose to USD 9.9 billion. Due to high write-downs on investments, profits fell by 96% in the last quarter, but sales continued to rise by 7%. Contrary to other industry trends, Alibaba achieved growth through price reductions. The cloud segment is expected to continue its double-digit growth in 2024. Internationally, investors are increasing their stakes in Chinese stocks while at the same time reducing their holdings in US tech companies. From a purely technical chart perspective, the 13% increase last week could signal the end of the internet giant's three-year slump.

    Plug Power and Nel ASA are returning to the negative and continuing their downward trend. Carbon Done Right will soon be listed on the AIM, expanding its presence on the stock exchange. Alibaba, on the other hand, seems to have successfully achieved its turnaround. Source: Refinitiv Eikon from 16.05.2024

    Energy is becoming a rare commodity due to the increased use of artificial intelligence. In addition to traditional energy sources, hydrogen is slowly making its way, but the real wave of investment has not yet begun, and Plug Power and Nel ASA remain in focus. Carbon Done Right offers access to modern, blockchain-based exchanges for CO2 certificates and can actively shape a new growth segment.

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    Pursuant to §85 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), we point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Relevant Persons") currently hold or hold shares or other financial instruments of the aforementioned companies and speculate on their price developments. In this respect, they intend to sell or acquire shares or other financial instruments of the companies (hereinafter each referred to as a "Transaction"). Transactions may thereby influence the respective price of the shares or other financial instruments of the Company.
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    Der Autor

    André Will-Laudien

    Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

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