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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC), Selectra Provide Update on Giant King Grass Partnership in Africa

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

VIASPACE, grower of renewable Giant King™ Grass as a low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation, today issued an update on the status of Giant King™ Grass growing in South Africa as part of a previously announced project agreement with Selectra CC of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Per the agreement, the first project for Selectra is to remediate and produce energy on land that has been altered by gold mining in South Africa. An adverse effect of the large mining industry in Africa is slimes dams, composed primarily of crushed rock that has been processed for gold extraction, as well as traces of chemicals and contaminants from the gold processing. Mining companies are responsible for ensuring that these contaminants do not enter into the groundwater; food crops in these areas are not possible because of the contamination in the soil. 

As part of the project, Selectra planted Giant King Grass on the slimes dams to evaluate its affect and performance as a windbreak to prevent dust from spreading and to prevent soil erosion, and to add organic matter and help create soil from the crushed rock. Selectra said its goal in this project is to use the Giant King Grass as a feedstock for either anaerobic digestion or direct combustion to produce electricity, thereby creating value from these slimes dams.

“Giant King Grass is growing well on the slimes footprint and we are pleased with the results so far.  We are entering a critical phase of the tests as we need to model plant growth during our winter months and the early signs are most encouraging as the plants have continued to grow under the frost covers. In this regard we have extended the trial to December 2013 and thereby having almost 12 months data,” Selectra Commercial Director Dwight Rosslee stated in the press release.

Rosslee continued, “The tests on the tailings are extremely important as Giant King Grass could become our preferred crop on the tailings dams to get the biomass yields we are seeking. Moreover, the tailings dam applications outside of bioenergy are exciting as they are extremely varied from wind breaks, erosion prevention, and dust suppression to land remediation. In addition we will conduct scientific tests to gauge the ability of the plant to take up heavy metals and other contaminants typically found in mine impacted land. We are optimistic regarding our test results thus far and our goal is to use this data to support building biomass power plants to generate electricity from the Giant King Grass.”

VIASPACE Chairman Dr. Kevin Schewe further detailed the anticipated outcome and mutual goal for both companies.

“Selectra is a leading developer of sustainable bioenergy projects in Africa. They are considering both biogas and direct combustion biomass power plants, both of which we have conclusively demonstrated that Giant King Grass is the ideal biomass platform to support. Our mutual goal is for VIASPACE and Selectra to join forces and work together on power plant projects,” Schewe stated. “We at VIASPACE are very pleased that Giant King Grass is now a leading candidate to be used simultaneously to reclaim gold mine affected lands through the process of phytoremediation and then be continuously harvested to create bioelectricity. This is a classic win-win situation of job creation in putting local farmers to work, providing an environmentally sound and green method to restore mine tailings, and in the process, generate carbon neutral electricity for local homes and businesses. We believe that this model can be a resounding environmental and business success.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Signs Contract with Philippines-Based Sugar Milling Company for Giant King™ Grass Product

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Today, VIASPACE announced that it has signed a Giant King™ Grass supply contract with Sagay Central, Inc. The initial payment has been received, and VIASPACE’s agronomist has already visited the Philippines to meet with Sagay.

VIASPACE’s innovative Giant KingTM Grass is low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation and for environmentally friendly energy pellets; what’s more, it can be used as a feedstock for bio-methane production and for green cellulosic biofuels, biochemical, and biomaterials. The proprietary, high yield, biomass clean energy crop does not compete with or displace food production, setting VIASPACE apart from its industry competitors.

VIASPACE’s Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, remarked, “We are delighted to announce this project and partnership with Sagay Central. Their expertise and experience with growing sugar cane makes them a perfect fit for growing Giant King Grass as a renewable, high-yielding, biomass platform. Although we are currently seen by investors as a penny stock company, VIASPACE is actively working with many different international companies and continues to diversely expand its global footprint. This is an exciting time of rapid growth and setting the stage for the future of VIASPACE and its shareholders.”

Located in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Sagay Central is a sugar milling and sugar growing company in the center of the Philippines sugar industry, producing about 150,000 tons of sugar each year. Since 1945, Sagay Central has been producing raw sugar, washed sugar, and specialty Muscavado sugar (amongst other products) for the domestic market and export.

Mr. Romie Cortez, President of Sagay Central, commented, “We are indeed very happy to be working with VIASPACE Inc. on this important biomass renewable energy project. This fits well with our goal of diversifying our sugar operations in order to remain competitive in this very difficult sugar business in the Philippines. We are looking forward to grow the VIASPACE Giant King Grass in our estate for energy production and for export to Korea and Japan.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) and Our House of Cards

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Technology, and the worldwide industrialization it has made possible, has always been viewed with as much suspicion as enthusiasm. By manipulating the world to fit our immediate preferences, the worry is that we may simultaneously be undermining our long-term needs. Our natural and healthy desire for sweet tasting high-calorie foods has led to a sugar and fat-packed world, with 25 million diabetics and 600,000 annual deaths from heart disease in the U.S. alone. Our ability to power machines to do our work, while we remain motionless in front of televisions, computers, and smart phones, has led to an epidemic of obesity never before experienced.

The latest, and arguably the most serious concern, is the fear of uncontrolled climate change brought on by greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, estimated to be at over 25 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Although the number of variables affecting global weather patterns is immense, making it impossible for scientists to determine exactly what the effects of global warming will be, or how soon such effects could appear, there’s little disagreement that the climate is changing. Nor is there much disagreement that climate change, whatever form it eventually takes, will be stressful on the human condition, since humanity has geared virtually everything it does to a stable and narrow climate. Our entire agricultural system, for example, has been genetically and chemically fine-tuned, and even small long-term variations can cause a major collapse, an increasingly fragile cornerstone of what is considered by many to be a worldwide technological house of cards.

VIASPACE is one of the few agriculturally oriented companies in the world that can expect its star to rise as concerns about global warming grow. The company’s new proprietary energy crop, called Giant King Grass (GKG), is proving to be one of the most cost effective renewable energy sources on the planet, a dedicated and carbon neutral source of power that absorbs as much carbon dioxide as is released during combustion for energy. It’s more economically viable than other renewable sources because it grows extremely fast and requires no expensive new technologies or infrastructure to implement. In addition, it can generate energy whenever needed, day or night in any type of weather. In fact the company is already signing agreements in various parts of the world with governments anxious for a reliable source of cheap and responsible power.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) and Grain Hill/AGRICORP Sign Agreement for New Grass Plantation and Power Plant in Nicaragua

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

VIASPACE CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, has returned from Nicaragua after a series of business meetings, the company announced today. The visit resulted in a Joint Development Agreement with Grain Hill/AGRICORP for the creation of a new special purpose company to develop, build, own, and operate a 2,100 acre Giant King™ Grass plantation and a co-located 12 MW biomass power plant on the AGRICORP Agricola Miramontes plantation. Dr. Kukkonen and Grain Hill/AGRICORP CEO and Board President, Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas, signed the agreement.

AGRICORP is a subsidiary of Grain Hill, a diversified agro-industrial business group in the agricultural industry. It has revenues of $300 million per year with operations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.

“AGRICORP is a strong and highly respected company,” remarked Dr. Kukkonen. “I am confident that together we can rapidly bring this renewable, green energy project to Nicaragua. The key to successful financing and operation of a biomass power plant is having a reliable, low-cost source of biomass for the lifetime of the power plant. With our co-located Giant King Grass plantation, we will be growing our own fuel. Furthermore, AGRICORP is already growing and milling rice on the same plantation. The waste products are rice straw and rice husks and these can be burned in the same power plant. We will have the security of both fuel sources.”

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, added, “Our partnership with AGRICORP is an example of perfect timing. We are actively discussing similar Giant King Grass plantations co-located with power plant projects in several countries around the globe. We believe that our project with AGRICORP in Nicaragua will be an international model that can be scaled and replicated anywhere there is a suitable climate and growing conditions for Giant King Grass. This is the ideal project for VIASPACE because we will receive a license fee for Giant King Grass and also will be an equity partner in the power plant. This is the future and the growth path for our company.”

Dr. Kukkonen’s trip to Nicaragua was jam-packed with business related to this agreement. He and AGRICORP personnel met recently with government officials and private companies to get project development off the ground. This included obtaining all necessary governmental approvals and licenses, long-term power purchase agreements, debt and equity financing, and a contract with an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company to build the power plant.

Dr. Kukkonen also met with US Embassy Commercial, Energy and Agriculture officers in Managua, and obtained background information and advice on doing business in Nicaragua. He also met with PRONicaragua, an entity which facilitates foreign investment in Nicaragua.

According to the agreement, VIASPACE and AGRICORP will be equal shareholders and will lead the development of the plantation and power plant project. The companies will solicit debt and equity financing, and interested parties can access a brief description of the project on the VIASPACE website at www.VIASPACE.com.

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VIASPACE Inc. (VSPC) and the World’s Tropical Islands

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Perhaps nobody faces greater risks from the threat of global warming than the people of the world’s many tropical islands. First of all, because of rising ocean levels, some tropical islands will physically cease to exist. A number of islands have been pegged as essentially doomed if water levels continue to rise, with some already being forced to take aggressive steps to abandon and relocate their people, their postcard beauty of no value now with tides already beginning to flood homes. The coming century could find sea levels up another 1-4 feet, more than enough to transform or wipe out many more islands, with scientists still wresting to coordinate all the variables of this relatively new science.

And it’s not simply the net rise of ocean levels that poses grave risks. As the waters rise, every storm becomes exponentially more dangerous with buffers to the sea no longer there to protect the population. Storms that would normally be damaging may now be catastrophic. In addition, the number and ferocity of storms could increase, greatly magnifying the problem. Rising water and storm effects on island agriculture could by themselves be enough to cause irreparable economic and social damage.

To make matters worse, although there are thousands of such island economies around the world, individually they do not carry the economic or political weight to influence the debate. They see themselves as the frontline that nobody cares about. The Maldives, an island nation of over 1,000 small tropical islands, lying on average only a few feet above the waters of the Indian Ocean, could soon become uninhabitable. And yet it could never generate the response that would erupt at the flooding of Manhattan, the single island hub of New York City.

That’s why VIASPACE could become so hugely important to the world’s tropical islands over the coming years, helping them to redefine their economies while attacking the root core cause of global warming, rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. VIASPACE’s proprietary dedicated energy crop, Giant King Grass (GKG), is the highest yielding biomass crop in the world. It absorbs about as much carbon in growing as is released when it is burned to produce power, resulting in a near-zero carbon footprint. It grows easily in marginal soils not suitable for food based plants, growing best in the wet and warm climates found on so many tropical islands. Island economies can use it directly to efficiently generate their own power, instead of having to haul in expensive fuels, and can fuel their own economies at the same time. Best of all, it can be pelletized for shipment all over the world, further addressing carbon emissions and helping island economies.

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VIASPACE Inc. (VSPC) and the World’s Greatest Power Plant

Monday, May 13th, 2013

When considering the world’s greatest power plant, it’s natural to think of China’s new Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric plant, the biggest power plant in the world, capable of generating over 20,000 megawatts. But it may turn out that the world’s greatest power plant is really a plant, Giant King Grass (GKG), a one-of-a-kind power producing plant that could end up being used to generate power all over the world.

GKG is a proprietary dedicated energy crop controlled by VIASPACE, a California based renewable energy company. When it comes to power potential, GKG is considered the greatest plant in the world, primarily because it is recognized as the world’s highest yielding biomass crop, a plant that grows so fast it can be harvested several times a year without replanting. As a result, it is more cost effective than other renewable energy sources, outshining solar and even wind power.

The plant’s cost effectiveness is enhanced when considering the fact that GKG does not require significant new infrastructure or the risk involved in new technologies. It’s a simple combustible fuel, like coal, but is carbon clean. Since GKG absorbs as much carbon during growing as is released during combustion, its net carbon footprint is near zero. And, unlike wind and solar, it can be ramped up to produce peak power whenever it is needed, night or day, in any kind of weather.

In addition to being cost effective and carbon clean, GKG is also non-invasive, and can grow on marginal lands not useful for food production. It grows best in tropical conditions, but can be pelletized and shipped, just like oil, to augment and reduce the carbon footprint of coal powered plants all over the world, meeting a growing demand for low carbon power. It can even be converted into bio-fuels, such as green gasoline and hydrocarbon based materials.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Presents Giant King Grass to Biogas Electricity Paper at International Biomass Conference

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Today it was reported that VIASPACE and Renew Energy of Svendborg, Denmark, presented a paper entitled “Giant King Grass to Biogas” at the International Biomass Conference held in Minneapolis Minnesota in April. The conference is the largest biomass event in North America.

Mr. Morten Jacobsen of Renew Energy made the presentation which is available on the VIASPACE website at www.VIASPACE.com, and a narrated version is available at https://vimeo.com/63390267. Renew Energy is a Danish engineering services company specializing in biogas plants and bio refineries integrated with ethanol plants, distilleries and other industrial plants. According to Mr. Jacobsen, the presentation went very well and there was a good response from the audience.

Renew Energy is providing engineering support for the Tibbar Energy 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant project on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, which will be fueled by Giant King Grass. The presentation describes the overall biogas system and uses the St. Croix, Tibbar Energy/VIASPACE project as an example. Renew Energy and VIASPACE are now working together to develop and support biogas projects fueled by Giant King Grass.

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, commented, “Our relationship with Renew Energy and the Tibbar Energy 7MW anaerobic digestion power plant fueled by our proprietary Giant King Grass on St. Croix are gaining global attention and we are grateful to Mr. Jacobsen for the excellent presentation that he recently made at the International Biomass Conference and Expo in Minneapolis. The Giant King Grass fueled power plant on St. Croix will be a superb, renewable, green energy model that can be replicated on any tropical island to provide electricity 24 hours per day. We are excited to be leading the way in that significant and important market segment.”

“Over the next several weeks, we will be announcing our progress in Nicaragua with Grain Hill/Agricorp, a project in Southeast Asia, and updates regarding our ongoing project in South Africa and our status with Giant King Grass in Hawaii,” Dr. Schewe continued. “I have recently spoken to our Director of Communications, Dr. Jan Vandersande, and to several VIASPACE shareholders regarding questions about the Company’s status of current and future revenues. My answers are consistent. We became a stand-alone Company effective October 1, 2012, and our current revenues come from initial project development of Giant King Grass test plots in the various countries of our customers. Our future revenues will come from our recurring licensing fees as Giant King Grass is continually harvested at our project sites and used in actual applications (EG: Tibbar Energy/St. Croix) as well as from the sale of electricity in projects that we expect to have an equity interest in the power plant (EG: Agricorp/Nicaragua). Our business model is structured to create significant and recurring green energy revenues as a global company and generate profits for our shareholders.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Touts Wide Range of Green Energy Applications for Proprietary Giant King Grass

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

When you’re talking grass, the last thing that comes to mind is energy. But for VIASPACE, grass is big business, quite literally, in the energy industry.

VIASPACE markets proprietary Giant King™ Grass, appropriately named as it easily grows in 16 feet tall stalks. This is a high-yield renewable energy crop that can serve as an alternative to coal and fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel. The grass is natural, not genetically modified in any way.

Giant King Grass is recognized as the highest yielding biomass crop on the planet. Its list of applications for bioenergy projects is equally as impressive: bio-electricity, biogas, biofuels, biochemical, bio plastics, and biomass all require biomass as a feedstock.

For transportation and logistical purposes, Giant King Grass is dried, made into a powder, and pressed into pellets about the thickness of a pencil and one inch in length. This allows for easier and cheaper bulk shipping and handling.

Once in pellet form, Giant King Grass can be co-fired with coal in existing power plants, reducing the plants carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent without compromising quality of energy.

Working with local partners, power plants, and pellet mill projects, VIASPACE has the capability to deliver an integrated Giant King Grass plantation and biomass power plant in two years.

Under an existing contract with Nicaragua-based Grain Hill subsidiary AGRICORP, VIASPACE is growing Giant King Grass on land owned by the company and recently agreed to form a partnership to build a 12 MW biomass power plant fueled by Giant King Grass.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Nears Finalization of 7 MW Power Purchase Agreement

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE provided the investor community with an update on the Tibbar Energy 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant project. As reported by the St. Croix Source last week, Mr. Hugo Hodge, executive director of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), stated that the authority was nearing a purchase agreement with Tibbar Energy, a proposed biomass electricity company on St. Croix. Hodge said that, in a few years, St. Croix will have 10 MW of electricity coming from industrial solar, 5 MW from net metering and 7 MW from Tibbar, for a total of 22 MW being produced by alternative sources. He estimated that at peak consumption, the St. Croix grid only needed 45 MW, which means the WAPA power plant would only need to supply an additional 23 MW.

Tibbar continues to plant Giant King™ Grass nurseries, and aims to create a 1,000+ acre plantation to fuel the 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant. The company is currently testing irrigation options and large scale planting procedures. “We have started to develop an impressive farming operation in preparation of our finalized power purchase agreement (PPA),” stated Tibbar CEO Tania Tomyn. “We have purchased tractors and additional equipment. We are proud of our new farm staff and they are integral to the progress so far.”

Tomyn continued, “As WAPA stated in the St. Croix Source article, there is a lot of work that goes into balancing Tibbar’s base load power with WAPA’s. Tibbar will be unlike intermittent wind and solar as we will produce continuous dispatchable power 24/7. Our computer system will be tied to WAPA’s and will use the latest technology to efficiently work together.”

Tibbar is also educating the public and generating awareness on a variety of levels. For example, on April 17th and 18th, Tibbar sponsored and presented at the St. Croix Earth Day Eco-Fair. According to Tibbar CEO Tania Tomyn and Farm Manager Bob Peets, “We educated hundreds of children from dozens of St. Croix schools about renewable energy. Tibbar was the major sponsor and we had a fantastic turn out teaching children about Giant King Grass and why bio-energy crops are part of our future.”

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, commented, “Giant King Grass is growing incredibly well in St. Croix and our partnership with Tibbar Energy is progressing nicely. The planned 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant using Giant King Grass to create continuous, eco-friendly, carbon neutral, green electricity on St. Croix is already demonstrating intangible benefits of educating children about the merits of renewable green energy and has attracted tourists interested in green energy.”

“We believe that using Giant King Grass as a continuously renewable biomass/bioenergy platform is the perfect green solution for the energy needs of tropical island nations and our partnership with Tibbar Energy can prove this concept on St. Croix in the very near future,” Schewe added. “This project paves the way for other island economies to model similar green electricity projects using Giant King Grass. Every day at VIASPACE, we grow more excited about our future corporate role and place in the evolution of economically viable and successful green energy production.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Relationship with AGRICORP Moves Forward, 12 MW Biomass Power Plant Targeted

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE reported that CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen met with Grain Hill CEO and Board President, Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas, and his team in Nicaragua last week. VIASPACE is a contract with AGRICORP, a Grain Hill subsidiary, and is growing its Giant King™ Grass on land owned by them. The Giant King Grass is growing well, and VIASPACE and AGRICORP have agreed to form a partnership to build a 12 MW biomass power plant fueled by the proprietary energy crop.

Grain Hill is a diversified agro-industrial business group engaged in the following food-related businesses: growing rice, food processing, rice milling, and distribution of its own 12 brands of rice, value-added food products, and third-party brands. The company generates annual revenues of $300 million and has operations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. Grain Hill/AGRICORP is the largest rice company in Nicaragua with 65% market share.

Giant King Grass is currently being grown on a 10,000-acre AGRICORP farm near Lake Nicaragua. Now that Giant King Grass has proven itself on the AGRICORP plantation, VIASPACE and AGRICORP plan to expand the nursery in May to support the 2,100-acre Giant King Grass plantation needed to fully fuel the 12 MW power plant.

According to today’s press release, VIASPACE and AGRICORP plan to begin development of the power plant project immediately. VIASPACE anticipates a quick return to Nicaragua to kick off the partnership and to join AGRICORP in meetings with electricity customers, the Nicaragua grid company, EPC contractors, banks, and with Nicaraguan government officials.

VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen stated, “This is a very exciting partnership. VIASPACE will take the lead in project development, Giant King Grass, power plant technology selection, and financial modeling. AGRICORP will lead the interface with the power customer, grid connection, plantation operations and plant permitting. The companies will work closely together and expect to form a special purpose company for the power plant.”

Grain Hill CEO and Board President, Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas commented, “We believe that Giant King Grass has an important role to play in Nicaragua. The new, highly efficient 12 MW power plant will provide clean and steady base power for the country in contrast to intermittent power from wind and solar. It will efficiently use Nicaragua’s natural resources of land, warm weather and water to produce reliable green electricity for our people and industrial development. It will also provide jobs for farmers and power plant workers. Giant King Grass as a dedicated energy crop can also complement sugarcane bagasse as a fuel for existing power plants connected to sugar mills to extend their season and produce more electricity. I believe that this project will add considerable value to our company that has a mandate for agricultural innovation and sustainability.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) and the World’s First Real Power Crop

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Although the idea of using biomass materials to generate clean energy has been around for a long time, the approach has been plagued with issues that have kept it on the sidelines, while wind and solar power have gotten the lion’s share of the press.

Early plans to use waste material as a source for renewable energy soon revealed a serious weakness. The economics of waste material was unpredictable, with market prices that could fluctuate wildly, making accurate business predictions difficult or impossible. Logistics was also a problem, since sources tended to be scattered, requiring hauling. In addition, the lack of consistency in waste material led to processing issues.

Attention then turned to the idea of using dedicated energy crops, but this too ran into obstacles, the biggest of which was the risk that such large scale crops might take over productive food growing land, or have other negative effects upon food agriculture. Moreover, the time and resources necessary to grow such crops greatly reduced their cost efficiency as an energy source.

But all of that is suddenly changing, with the development of what is becoming recognized as the world’s first realistic power crop.

Meet Giant King Grass (GKG), a proprietary energy crop from California-based VIASPACE, with all of the characteristics required to give it a clear advantage over other forms of renewable energy, making it competitive even with fossil fuels. GKG grows so fast it can be harvested multiple times each year, making it highly cost effective compared to wind, solar, or other renewable energy sources. GKG is not genetically modified, and is non-invasive. It grows easily and safely on marginal lands, posing no threat to food agriculture of food-growing lands, even providing localized employment to developing countries.

Although it can be readily pelletized for shipment anywhere, GKG can be grown nearby new or even existing traditional power plants to virtually eliminate transportation or logistical issues. Unlike other green energy sources, GKG requires no complicated or costly new technologies or infrastructure, and can produce as much energy as is needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in any type of weather. As if that weren’t enough, it can, like oil, be processed for use in producing green gasoline or other hydrocarbon based materials. And, as a biomass renewable, it has a carbon footprint that is almost zero, absorbing as much carbon during growth as it emits during burning.

Giant King Grass is already being grown in initial power plantation settings, with more to come.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Offers the Newest Answer to an Old Question

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Although global warming is considered by most people to be a subject of fairly recent interest, at least at the national and global level, the fact is that concerns about the contribution of human activity to global warming appeared in U.S. government statements over 50 years ago, during the Johnson administration.

A recent article by David Hone, published in the The Energy Collective (http://dtg.fm/d25A) shows that the subject of climate change and global warming weren’t mentioned much in the popular culture until well into the 1980s. However, a report issued by a special pollution panel of the President’s Science Advisory Committee in 1965 warns of temperature rise from CO2 buildup due to the growing use of fossil fuels. The article goes further, mentioning Nobel Prize winning Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius, who calculated back near the turn of the 20th Century possible effects of CO2 on surface temperature.

Today, concerns about global warming are not isolated to a few of the world’s scientists, but rather reverberate around the globe as nations large and small seek better ways to deal with anticipated consequences of continuing greenhouse gas emissions. The need for energy continues to grow as the world industrializes. Wind and solar power technology improves, but neither wind nor solar offers a complete solution due to serious limitations. Wind and solar are completely subject to the variations of nature, and can’t be depended upon to be fully available every time they are needed. In addition, the losses involved in storing generated electricity from such sources limit their use for automotive transportation, one of the biggest polluters.

California-based VIASPACE, a renewable energy company devoted to the use of dedicated biomass fuels, offers one of the world’s highest yielding biomass crop, Giant King Grass (GKG), a super-fast growing energy crop that successfully addresses all of the issues associated with wind, solar, and other renewable fuel solutions. It is highly cost-effective compared to other solutions, plus works with existing facilities and infrastructure, requiring minimal up-front investment. And, since GKG absorbs as much carbon during growth as emitted during burning, it has a low-to-zero carbon footprint. Unlike wind and solar, it is a fuel that can generate energy on demand, at any time of the day or night, and in any weather. Moreover, it can even be processed into green biofuels, like green gasoline, for use in industry and automobiles.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Insiders Extend Lock-up of Shares

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that its Board of Directors agreed to extend the lock-up of their VIASPACE common stock shares for an additional 90 days, through June 30, 2013. VIASPACE CFO, Mr. Stephen Muzi; Director of Communications, Dr. Jan Vandersande; and Director of Social Media Outreach, Ms. Jaclyn Kenner, also decided to lock-up their VSPC common shares through June 30, 2013. The approximate number of shares involved in the lock-up extension totals 240,000,000.

“The VIASPACE Board and Management have been extremely pleased with the performance of VIASPACE since becoming a free-standing company on October 1, 2012,” stated Dr. Schewe. “At that time, we announced a 6-month lock-up of insider share sales. Given the pace of our corporate progress and the momentum that we have achieved, we felt it important to continue the lock-up for another 90 days as we work hard to continue to increase the scope of our general shareholder base of investors. In addition, Dr. Kukkonen has two significant foreign trips to meet with clients in April and we are looking forward to sharing the news of those trips and providing exciting updates on existing projects in the near future.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) and the Need for Baseload Power

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The ongoing revolution in renewable energy has led to a wide range of proposed solutions, with wind and solar being the most prominent. Led by industry giants like Denmark’s Vestas and China’s Sinovel, companies are planting wind turbines taller than a 30-story building on land and in coastal waters, laying new lines to carry the generated electricity to the population centers where the power is needed. In the case of solar, sites thousands of acres in size are being covered with PV panels or mirrors, transforming the sun’s rays into hundreds of megawatts, with plans for much larger sites already underway.

And yet, in spite of enormous outlays of cash, massive installations, and impressive technological developments, wind and solar still have significant limitations, the most intractable of which is the uncontrollable and variable nature of their respective energy sources. The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow. Unfortunately, the growing need for energy requires exactly the kind of controllability and dependability that wind and solar have so much trouble providing.

It’s called baseload power, the minimum amount of power that a system must generate to support its customers at any given time. Fossil fuel plants can easily be designed and operated to ensure that all the necessary power its customers require will be available whenever it is needed, something that wind and solar plants cannot economically do since nature controls the source, not people. As a result, even large-scale wind and solar installations are seen as primarily backups to the grid, with other fuel sources needed to ensure that the baseload power requirements can be met. It’s a thorn in the side of wind/solar proponents, but it won’t go away.

VIASPACE, a California-based renewable energy company, has the answer, and it doesn’t have anything to do with wind or solar, although it can work perfectly in tandem with either. The company offers a truly unique biomass solution to reliable renewable energy, with a negligible carbon footprint. Giant King Grass, proprietary to VIASPACE, is the highest yielding biomass crop in the world, able to grow so fast that it rivals fossil fuels in cost effectiveness.

The biomass crop can be harvested many times a year, providing a steady flow of fuel to conventional style combustion power plants, day or night, windy or not. And, since it absorbs as much carbon during growing as it releases during burning, the carbon footprint is almost zero. It can be grown near dedicated power plants, in what are called power plantations, but can also be pelletized for shipment to outside plants. It requires no special infrastructure and does not interfere with food agricultural lands.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) and the Applications of Giant King Grass

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Giant King Grass (GKG) is a proprietary, dedicated biomass energy crop from VIASPACE that has the advantage of being the fastest growing and most cost-efficient energy crop available. By absorbing as much carbon during growth as is released when burned for energy, GKG offers a sound answer to the critical problem of greenhouse gases and global warming. As a dedicated biofuel, it avoids the cost and logistics problems inherent with waste bio sourcing, and the ability of GKG to grow in marginal conditions eliminates any threat to food crops or agricultural land. GKG is now beginning to be grown in plantations that will feed nearby power plants, but it can also be transformed into pellets that can be shipped to distant power plants, a sort of “green coal.”

But Giant King Grass offers other potential applications and benefits, over and above its value as a uniquely practical and affordable source of green electricity. It can also be used as a feedstock for other biofuels and biochemicals. Companies have already independently and successfully tested GKG for ethanol production, including well-known companies in the ethanol business. The results show that a ton of Giant King Grass is just as good as a ton of corn stover, a traditional feed stock, in terms of its sugar content, perhaps better, and GKG is not a food crop. In addition, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has identified 12 important chemical building blocks that can be made from the sugars in cellulosic biomass like Giant King Grass. The high yield of Giant King Grass means that it will be a low-cost feedstock for these processes as well.

In addition, bio-methane can be produced from Giant King Grass using proven and widely-used anaerobic digestion and by second-generation gasification technology. Bio-methane is the “green” energy equivalent of methane, the principal component of natural gas which is widely used for heating, cooking, electricity generation, and as a vehicle fuel.

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CEONEWS.Tv and VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Chairman Discuss Business Dynamics and Recent Corporate Milestones

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that Board Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, interviewed with Charles Sample of CEONEWS.Tv regarding the bioenergy company’s corporate dynamics and recent corporate milestones to further the commercialization of its proprietary Giant King Grass bioenergy platform.

The following is a transcript of the interview. Those who wish to listen to the interview can do so at http://www.ceonews.tv.

Question 1: Kevin, please tell us about your company and who the principals are…

Answer: From its founding in 1998, Dr. Carl Kukkonen has led the VIASPACE team, serving as CEO of ViaSpace Technologies, LLC, the predecessor of VIASPACE, Incorporated, and serving as CEO today. Since 2008, Carl has been laying the foundation of where our proprietary Giant King Grass (GKG) fits into the emerging world of renewable biomass/bioenergy products. Laying this foundation has required research and development, rigorous and repeated testing of Giant King Grass by many reputable, independent laboratories and testing facilities, numerous speaking engagements at national and international conferences and finally, the commercialization of Giant King Grass in the real world to create a profitable business model. VIASPACE has made Giant King Grass well-known to the global renewable’s industries. Since the Spring of 2012, we have seen a definite surge in the global interest in our product, Giant King Grass, and customers now recognize our expertise to use Giant King Grass as the highest yielding biomass crop in the world. Bioelectricity, biogas production, biofuels, biochemical, bioplastics and biomaterials all need biomass as a feedstock and GKG is suitable for all these applications. VIASPACE provides GKG seedlings and technical expertise to qualified bioenergy projects that need a low-cost and reliable fuel or feedstock. VIASPACE will also serve as a project developer or co-developer for GKG-fueled power plants or pellet mill projects, together with local partners that have land and requirements for electricity, heat, pellets, biogas or biofuels. VIASPACE and its partners have the capability to deliver integrated GKG plantation and biomass power plant projects in 24 months. VIASPACE has financial models to support power plant and pellet mill projects.

I joined the VIASPACE Board of Directors in January of 2012 as the second largest investor in the company at that time. I am actually a Board Certified radiation oncologist in private practice and work as a cancer specialist and operate two cancer centers in Colorado in partnership with HealthONE, the Colorado Division of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) which is the largest private operator of healthcare facilities in the world and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. I am also an entrepreneur and have developed a premium line of skin care and cosmetic products that help to heal, protect, repair and subsequently maintain not only the damaged skin of cancer patients, but also individuals who have experienced skin damage resulting from aging, dryness, UV exposure, other illnesses and environmental pollution. The products are manufactured by my company, Elite Therapeutics and our story can be seen on our website at www.elitetherapeutics.com. I became personally interested in VIASPACE and invested heavily in the company when it became focused in the green energy business sector. I was instrumental in helping VIASPACE split from a previous partner and become a free-standing bioenergy company on 10-01-12 and that is when I became Chairman of the Board of Directors. Carl is focused on expanding the world’s successful use of GKG as the leading bioenergy platform and I am focused on the business success of our company and growing shareholder value.

Question 2: What exactly is biomass?

Answer: Biomass is a fancy word for plant material. Biomass is low-carbon fuel or energy source that comes from plant material such as wood, sugar cane and grasses such as Giant King Grass. Biomass can be burned to generate electricity and heat, digested to produce bio-methane, and can also be converted into biofuels, biochemical and bioplastics. Biomass also includes byproducts such as agricultural waste, including corn straw (stover) and rice husks, and food waste, such as vegetable oil recycled from cooking processes. Since biomass comes primarily from plants and vegetation that naturally regrows and may come from everyday agricultural or industrial processes, biomass is a renewable resource.

Question 3: Why is biomass so important as a basis for energy production as opposed to fossil fuels or other sources of energy?

Answer: In contrast to fossil fuels, biomass from plants and vegetation is considered low-carbon or carbon-neutral. During their growing cycle, plants use photosynthesis to absorb and convert sunlight and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into nutrients and energy. When these plants are burned, for example in a power plant, carbon dioxide is released back into the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide is again absorbed during the next crop’s growth cycle. This repetitive cycle of absorption-release-absorption results in a carbon-neutral effect on the atmosphere. Since planting, harvesting and transportation equipment use petroleum-based fuel, and many fertilizers are also petroleum based, some carbon emissions occur with biomass. However, when grass crops are grown using sustainable methods, the amounts of carbon emissions are small, especially compared to the energy that will be produced by burning the biomass, and the result is very low carbon emissions, compared to burning coal or other fossil fuels.

Biomass is available in many areas throughout the world and can be cultivated or produced domestically, locally or regionally, with little or no logistical risk. In contrast, reserves of oil and natural gas are located in limited areas throughout the world and are a depleting resource. Of the leading energy alternatives to fossil fuels, biomass is the most cost-effective and practical, and therefore offers the most realistic and sustainable strategy. For example, solar and wind offer important advantage of zero fuel cost, but they have higher capital costs and much lower utilization rates because solar only produces electricity when it is sunny and wind when it is windy. The combination of high capital costs and low utilization leads to high electricity prices. Because of their transient nature and variability of weather conditions, solar and wind energy cannot be used as base power and are largely utilized in sophisticated grids where there are backup natural gas or coal powered plants that can take up load on cloudy or windless days. Biomass power plants can operate 24 hours a day and can be used as base power.

Biomass electricity is cost-effective and practical, and it offers a realistic and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Biomass is versatile and can be used to produce bio-methane to replace natural gas, liquid biofuels to replace gasoline and diesel fuel, and as a feedstock to produce biochemicals and bioplastics.

Question 4: The speed at which Giant King Grass matures as regrowth is astounding. What is the basis for this amazing increase in productivity in the second and succeeding years?

Answer: We at VIASPACE call Giant King Grass “the new biomass for green energy”. Giant King Grass is a very fast growing, high yield, hybrid grass that is neither genetically modified nor invasive. It grows in a variety of soil conditions and does not compete with food crops. Giant King Grass is perennial and it is a short rotation crop that can be harvested in the first year, compared to other crops that have much lower yields and cannot be harvested until their second, third or fourth year of growth. Regrowth is significantly faster than the initial harvest because the plant establishes an excellent root system. Once GKG has been established, it can be harvested at 3-5 feet tall for biogas production every 45 to 60 days. For other applications such as power plant fuel, pellets or biofuels, it is harvested at 13-16 feet tall every 150-180 days. This high rate of growth of GKG can provide a continual supply of biomass year-round. With competitive energy characteristics combined with multiple harvests per year, the energy output or energy yield of GKG per acre per year is much higher than other grasses. As a result, GKG cultivation offers material productivity benefits and therefore lower cost biomass for energy production, biofuels and biomaterials.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Helps Turn Coal Green

Monday, March 4th, 2013

One of the biggest frustrations an increasingly energy-hungry but environmentally-conscious world faces is that coal, an abundant and economical source of energy, is also a major source of pollution. Nearly a third of the world’s energy use comes from coal, and almost half of the electrical energy generated in the U.S. is coal based. That’s because coal is found all over the world, with the U.S. holding the biggest recoverable coal deposits, followed by Russia and China.

Unlike oil, which the U.S. and most other countries must import, coal is often a localized resource, offering more control over energy and also providing local jobs. And coal is relatively cheap, less expensive than nuclear power or even natural gas. The problem, of course, is that coal, in spite of anti-pollution advancements, is still a big source of greenhouse gases, among other pollutants. In a world where governments are seeking solutions that offer both high energy and low carbon, Giant King Grass from VIASPACE could be coal’s best friend.

Giant King Grass (GKG), proprietary to VIASPACE, is an ultra-efficient dedicated energy crop. In fact, it is recognized as the highest yielding biomass crop in the world. It grows so fast, and on marginal lands as opposed to food crop lands, that it can be harvested multiple times each year. Rivaling even fossil fuels in cost effectiveness, GKG is already being planted in different parts of the world as a fuel to be used in nearby power plants. As an energy source, GKG’s key advantage is that is has a carbon footprint that approaches zero, because the crop absorbs as much carbon from the atmosphere when it is being grown as it releases when burned. It represents an efficient energy source that is clean, an ideal combination. In addition, as a simple combustible, it requires no special technologies or infrastructure.

But what may become its most appealing quality globally is that GKG can be compressed into concentrated pellets, shippable to anyplace in the world, where it can augment coal burning plants to significantly reduce pollution. With no significant modifications, coal burning plants can now progress down the carbon ladder, and do it economically.

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Why VIASPACE Inc. (VSPC) is a Top Biofuel Play

Monday, February 25th, 2013

There have been a range of arguments against the viability of biofuels as a renewable energy source, but, as with so many other developing industries, the technologies change, creating a new picture of an old idea. In the case of biofuels, the big change is a remarkable plant called Giant King Grass (GKG), proprietary to VIASPACE, a California-based renewable energy company. GKG puts biofuels back on the front burner in a big way, ensuring VIASPACE a promising place in the world’s accelerating move to renewable energy.

Early ideas regarding biofuels centered around waste product combustion, the use of wood or agricultural byproducts that are normally discarded. It sounded reasonable, but problems with the approach soon became clear. Global markets for such waste products are seasonal and often unpredictable, leading to fluctuating cost factors that make it difficult or impossible to form financially sound operational plans. As a result, financing, a core component of any developing industry, becomes problematic. Dedicated biomass crops began to emerge as a better way to go, offering more stable costs and predictable economics. But then a question that had begun to develop with waste sourcing started to pick up steam. A growing resistance to the use of food-related waste or agricultural lands was becoming a major obstacle. With food supplies remaining a serious issue in much of the developing world, anything that might negatively affect already tight supply/demand economics is increasingly shunned.

Attention was turning to wind and solar, seen by some as more elegant energy sources, though the shortcomings of these alternatives have since also become important economic issues. The fact that the sun doesn’t shine all day, and the wind doesn’t always blow, began to expose the inadequacies of current energy storage technologies. Today there are dozens of elaborate proposals for storing energy generated by wind and solar, but all of them have notable limitations. In addition, besides requiring the development of more and better technologies, wind and solar, as well as various other energy sources, depend upon significant additional infrastructure, a costly burden in a rough global economy.

The reason VIASPACE’s Giant King Grass is being seen as a major new player is its uniquely effective way of addressing all of the above mentioned issues. Giant King Grass is the fastest growing, most cost-efficient energy crop available, yet is neither genetically modified nor invasive. It grows in a variety of soil conditions and does not compete with food crops, one of the standard arguments against biofuels. GKG is perennial and can be harvested several times per year. It is best grown in tropical and subtropical regions, where suitable land is plentiful, labor is inexpensive, and governments are actively seeking new industries that are both economically and environmentally friendly.

GKG is a hyper-efficient dedicated energy crop that has an almost zero carbon footprint, because it absorbs as much carbon dioxide as it releases when burned. From an economic standpoint it outshines virtually every other new renewable energy source, partly because it requires almost no new technologies or infrastructure. Using well-understood existing power plant technologies, GKG is a perfectly timed resource that generates energy exactly when needed, in any weather, day or night. As a result, it is attractive to governments all over the world, and is in fact already being started in various developing countries as well as in Hawaii where the cost of energy is high due to imported fuel. It creates local jobs while generating local and economical clean energy.

As if all this weren’t enough, GKG can be transformed for other uses. It can be compacted and pelletized for easy transport to remote power plants, and can also be chemically transformed into a variety of biofuels, biochemicals, and bio plastics. It can even be converted into bio-methane for use in heating, cooking, electricity generation, and as a vehicle fuel.

VIASPACE provides seedlings for their proprietary Giant King Grass, plus technical expertise to qualified bioenergy projects that need a low-cost and reliable fuel or feedstock, with a number of projects already underway. VIASPACE can also serve as a project developer or co-developer for power plant or pellet mill projects, together with local partners that have land and requirements for electricity, heat, pellets, biogas, or biofuels. VIASPACE and its partners have the capability to deliver an integrated Giant King Grass plantation and biomass power plant project in 24 months, and the company has financial models for power plants and pellet mills.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Signs Contract with $300 Million Company, Reports Energy Crop Growth in Nicaragua

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that it has entered into a contract with AGRICORP of Managua, Nicaragua, and is growing Giant King™ Grass on land owned by them. It is anticipated that AGRICORP shareholders and VIASPACE will co-develop a biomass electric power plant fueled by Giant King Grass in Nicaragua.

A subsidiary of Grain Hill, AGRICORP has sales of $300 million per year with operations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. Grain Hill is a diversified agro-industrial business group and well known as the largest rice company in Nicaragua with 65% market share. AGRICORP/Grain Hill is engaged in the following food-related businesses: growing rice, food processing, rice milling, and distribution of its own 12 brands of rice, value-added food products, and third-party brands.

Giant King Grass is being grown on part of a 10,000-acre AGRICORP farm near Lake Nicaragua. 60% of the acres on this farm are currently cultivated with rice and irrigated with water from Lake Nicaragua. An AGRICORP rice mill is co-located on the farm which would also be the site of the power plant. The rice mill produces rice husk as waste which would also be used as a small portion of the biomass fuel for the power plant. VIASPACE has posted pictures of the AGRICORP rice farm and the irrigation for the Giant King Grass on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ViaspaceInc.

“We plan to use our land and know-how in agriculture to bring reliable and sustainable biomass electricity to Nicaragua,” Grain Hill CEO and Board President, Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas, stated. “We will reduce our costs by generating electricity for our own use, and sell the remainder to the grid which needs additional reliable sources. Giant King Grass will be the primary fuel, but will be supplemented by rice husk which is a byproduct of our rice milling operations. The Giant King Grass plantation and power plant will create additional employment which will enhance our community, and the project will bring value to our diversified company.”

Dr. Carl Kukkonen, VIASPACE CEO, commented, “AGRICORP is a perfect partner for VIASPACE. They are very experienced in agriculture. On the rice farm where Giant King Grass is growing, they have experienced staff including several agronomists. They have an extensive suite of equipment including airplanes for crop dusting, and plenty of irrigation from Lake Nicaragua to supplement natural rainfall. We have been talking with AGRICORP since July 2011 and have a confidentiality agreement with them. I have visited Nicaragua twice and a VIASPACE agronomist was with me, and he went again to oversee the Giant King Grass planting. In parallel with growing Giant King Grass, we will be working together on the plans for the biomass power plant. VIASPACE is playing a leading role in this development.”

“Grain Hill/AGRICORP is a diversified company with a mandate for agricultural innovation and sustainability. Renewable and sustainable biomass power has been on our agenda for some time,” added Edgard Cuadra Chamorro, Strategic Business Manager. “When we contacted VIASPACE, we realized that Giant King Grass would present a unique opportunity for our company. I will be working closely with VIASPACE on the power plant development.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Ships 25 Acres of Giant King Grass to St. Croix

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that it has harvested a large number of seedlings from its Giant King Grass nursery in California and had them transported in a 40-foot refrigerated container to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands where they have been planted in a 25-acre propagation nursery operated by Tibbar Energy. Tibbar plans to propagate the Giant King Grass to create a 1,000+ acre plantation to fuel the 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant under construction.

According to today’s press release, the Giant King Grass will be ready to propagate within six months.  Tibbar anticipates having the power plant in operation in the first quarter of next year. The St. Croix Public Services Commission approved Tibbar Energy’s facility design for a 7 MW anaerobic generator that uses VIASPACE’s proprietary Giant King Grass energy crop in December 2012.

Tibbar Energy’s St. Croix project will be as close to organic farming as possible using the digestate from the anaerobic digestion process as a fertilizer to grow Giant King Grass. According to Tibbar President and CEO Tania Tomyn, the farm will be a conventional farming operation. Additionally, Tibbar will have a small amount of compressed natural gas that will be produced from the bio-gas to run the fleet of trucks that haul the Giant King Grass. These will be the first compressed natural gas trucks on St. Croix.

Tibbar Energy signed an exclusive agreement with VIASPACE in September 2012 and received a small initial shipment of Giant King Grass as an initial test. This Giant King Grass is now four months old and over 10 feet tall.

Tomyn commented, “The Giant King Grass grows well in tropical St. Croix. The test was very successful, and we decided to go forward with the 25 acre propagation nursery. We are slated to have the full plantation and power plant up and running by early second quarter of 2014.

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“The 20 plus acre shipment to Tibbar was our largest from the propagation nursery in California,” stated VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen. “Late December and January was a very busy time for VIASPACE. We shipped and planted Giant King Grass in South Africa, Hawaii and Central America in addition to St. Croix. The Department of Agriculture is working very closely with us to inspect the shipments and issue the phytosanitary certificates that show that the Giant King Grass is pest and disease free.”

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, added, “Having USDA approval of Giant King Grass and our domestic propagation nursery in California, have both significantly contributed to our ability to respond to our customers and the ever increasing demand for GKG as the world’s highest yielding biomass platform. This is certainly true in our partnership with Tibbar Energy in St. Croix and we are so pleased with every aspect of our project there. We are receiving more requests for proposals than ever before and believe that the rapidly increasing global demand has made GKG the biomass platform of choice because its high yield makes the economics of this green energy business profitable.

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Attends EUEC 2013, Prominently Features Giant King Grass in Convention Exhibit Hall

Monday, February 4th, 2013

VIASPACE today announced that Chairman Dr. Kevin Schewe and CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen gained valuable exposure at the 16th Annual Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference (EUEC) held in Phoenix, Arizona, from Monday, January 28 through Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Dr. Kukkonen’s presentation, “Giant King™ Grass (GKG) as an Energy Crop in the United States,” was delivered in the “Biomass/Cofiring in Power Plants” session of the “Biofuels and Biomass” conference track. In addition, VIASPACE sponsored a booth in the Convention Exhibit Hall featuring two, towering, harvested examples of Giant King Grass. Dr. Kukkonen and Dr. Schewe also together hosted VIASPACE shareholders for a presentation and question and answer session.

Dr. Kukkonen stated, “The EUEC Meeting, now in its 16th consecutive year, provided an impressive technical program. There were over 1800 attendees and 150 exhibitors including VIASPACE. This year’s conference was focused on safe and clean energy development and the use of U.S. domestic resources. I met with prospective clients and partners to discuss expanding the footprint of Giant King Grass in the United States and elsewhere. My presentation was well received and follow-up discussions have led to new business prospects. The interest in using GKG as a dedicated, continuously renewable bioenergy platform is rapidly accelerating given our recent progress in South Africa, St. Croix, Myanmar, Central America, California and Hawaii.”

Dr. Schewe added, “This was my second major VIASPACE meeting to attend with Dr. Kukkonen and his presentations continue to impress those attending regarding the fact that GKG is the highest yielding, non-food, bioenergy platform crop in the world. Our booth in the Phoenix Convention Center Exhibit Hall was intriguing to those attending and the towering Giant King Grass could be seen from any vantage point throughout the exhibit hall. VIASPACE captured a lot of attention from many parties as a result.”

“Our Monday night meeting with VIASPACE shareholders was a success,” Dr. Schewe continued. “I personally met with shareholders who came to Phoenix from different parts of the country, and candidly answered their questions. Some of these questions and answers are worth sharing because not every shareholder is able to come and meet with us in person.”

Question: Can you comment on the Giant King Grass license and what it means to our Company?

Answer: Dr. Schewe responded, “VIASPACE has the exclusive license to grow, market and sell Giant King Grass in the entire world outside China and Taiwan and this is documented in our public filings. We have established ourselves as the world’s premier experts at growing, handling and utilizing this specific energy crop as the highest yielding bioenergy platform crop in the world. Our strength and security are rooted in the extensive, independent, third-party testing of GKG and secondly, in our reputable expertise in showing and partnering with our customers on how to succeed in its use. Of course there are competing products in the bioenergy universe, but we are moving fast to make GKG the preferred platform product because its extremely high yield makes more economic sense than its competitors.”

Question: When will VIASPACE be profitable?

Answer: Dr. Schewe responded, “This Company has never been run leaner than its current overhead structure. Both our CEO and CFO took one-third salary pay-cuts on October 1, 2012 when VIASPACE became a stand-alone company. I personally have not drawn a salary for all the work that I have done for the Company. Our other employees work as independent contractors and we rigorously control those costs. All that said, given the number and significance of the deals in our pipeline, I personally believe that we can achieve profitability in 2014.”

Question: Is our common stock (VSPC) headed for a reverse split?

Answer: Dr. Schewe responded, “There are no plans for a reverse split this year or in the near future. I currently hold just north of 130,000,000 common VSPC shares and I purchased each and every one of those shares with my hard-earned money. I purchased more than half of those shares on the open market and the rest at a 20% discount to the prior month’s average trading price according to my formal agreement to assist in funding the ongoing operations of the Company. I believe that VIASPACE is somewhat unique among penny stocks at this time because the Chairman of the Board wasn’t given his stock or awarded his stock in exchange for his work, advice or expertise–he personally paid for it and looks at the stock’s value appreciation as does any other common shareholder. If we had adequate corporate revenues at this very moment, my philosophy would be to use that revenue for continued organic corporate growth and to institute a formal share buy-back plan and retire those common shares as we buy them back to decrease the overall share count. Both actions would work together to significantly increase the value of my common shares and everyone else’s. The ONLY circumstance that would ever merit consideration of a reverse split on my watch would be the need to move to a higher exchange because we are growing so fast that we need the financial advantages that only a higher exchange can offer.”

Dr. Schewe, concluded, “I want our shareholders to know that Dr. Kukkonen and I make a great team working together. We are both scientists by training and background, but Carl is focused on expanding the world’s successful use of Giant King Grass as the leading bioenergy platform and I am focused on the business success of our company and growing shareholder value. Perfect timing is everything in the critical success of business, and as we mutually conveyed at the EUEC 2013 Meeting, we believe that the time is perfect for the success of Giant King Grass as the world’s premier bioenergy platform.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Reports Further Penetration into South Africa with Proprietary, High-Yield Energy Crop

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that it has entered a project agreement and received initial funding from Selectra CC of Johannesburg South Africa. Dr. Carl Kukkonen, VIASPACE CEO, delivered Giant King™ Grass (GKG) to South Africa, supervised the first planting, and held business meetings with Selectra and their partners.

A leading developer of sustainable bioenergy projects in Africa, Selectra sought out Giant King Grass as a dedicated energy crop. According to today’s press release, Selectra is considering both biogas and direct combustion biomass power plants. VIASPACE and Selectra could join forces on other projects in the future.

Selectra secured an import permit from the South African government for the high-yield energy crop. US agriculture officials inspected the VIASPACE nursery in California and witnessed the treatment required by South Africa. The government then issued the phytosanitary certificate stating that the Giant King Grass was free of disease and pests.

The first project from Selectra is to produce energy on land that has been affected by mining in South Africa. There are thousands of hectares of “mine dumps” or more correctly stated slimes dams and mine tailings (the footprint that remains after a slimes dam has been removed for further processing).

Giant King Grass is a candidate crop to remediate mine affected land through the removal of heavy metals by phytoremediation and by returning organic matter into the tailings to make soil. The crop could also reduce dust and erosion on the slimes dams and, as a result, contribute to better health for local communities. Giant King Grass promises to be a truly sustainable solution as the grass is then harvested for bioenergy applications, offsetting the costs of the program.

“South Africa has a good climate for Giant King Grass and we are pleased to be working with Selectra,” said Dr. Carl Kukkonen. “We are certain that Giant King Grass will grow well on the unmined land, and are hopeful about the prospects for bio remediation of the mine dumps and tailings. The Giant King Grass test plantings will tell us whether Giant King Grass will grow on dumps and tailings or not. We cannot guarantee the results, but if Giant King Grass can be successfully grown on mine affected land, this will represent another very large market.”

Selectra Commercial Director Dwight Rosslee added, “We have grown beets and sorghum on the tailings dams. These are annual crops. We believe that Giant King Grass will have significant advantages because it is a perennial crop that does not require replanting every year, and the root system will deposit organic matter into the soil. If it is successful, we plan to build a biomass power plant to generate electricity from the Giant King Grass. We will have taken a major environmental problem and turned it into a major asset.”

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, commented, “We are genuinely excited about our project with Selectra in South Africa to grow GKG on unmined lands and the new possibility of expanding the role of Giant King Grass for the purpose of phytoremediation and linking that process to carbon neutral bioenergy production. The African Continent represents a large and important market for VIASPACE. We are now growing Giant King Grass and are actively engaged in Africa, Myanmar, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America, the United States and elsewhere. We have many exciting projects in various stages of development and we will continue to announce the details of those deals according to our clients’ timelines and schedules. Our business is beginning to build upon itself as new clients are regularly contacting us with new projects to evaluate and consider. We are working hard to build a robust and recurring revenue stream to make this company a global leader in the green energy business sector.”

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Highlights Advantages of Giant King Grass over Other Renewable Biofuels

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Every new high temperature record reported creates additional pressure on governments around the world to reduce the massive amounts of greenhouse gases still being dumped into the atmosphere. It’s painful news, but it also increases the value of VIASPACE, providers of the most efficient biomass energy crop available, and a superior way to address the threat of global warming. The company’s proprietary Giant King Grass (GKG) is a fast-growing dedicated biomass crop that absorbs as much carbon during growth as it releases when burned. It provides carbon-neutral energy and potentially the highest yield available anywhere.

GKG offers definite advantages over other biofuels. Traditional waste sourcing of biofuels involves a number of logistical and economic issues that reduce its bottom-line efficiency. Depending upon waste sources means depending upon volatile resource markets for pricing, making it difficult or impossible to accurately forecast margins. Such unpredictability hampers the ability to obtain financing, restricting commercial growth. Dedicated biofuel crops are the answer, but too often this means using land or actual crops that can impact food supplies, an approach roundly rejected in many parts of the world. Another problem with many proposed bio-crops is their low yield. Bio-crop fuels are only valuable in as much as they can efficiently capture the energy of the sun for later release in power plants, and many crops simply don’t grow quickly enough to meet the need. In addition, some crops are limited in their ability to be processed for easy transport to distant locations where they are needed.

Giant King Grass addresses all of these issues, providing the best bio-crop fuel solution.

• GKG is a dedicated crop, with reliable and flexible growth characteristics, making it easy to predict the costs of production.

• GKG is a non-food crop, and can also be grown on marginal lands which would not be used for growing food, meaning no negative impact on food supplies.

• GKG’s super high yield means high output per unit cost, meeting even difficult cost targets for green applications.

• GKG can be burned directly, but can also be produced, transported, and burned in pellet form, making it a viable source for many locations.

• GKG can even be used as a feedstock to make liquid transportation fuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, butanol, and green gasoline, as well as to produce biochemicals and bio plastics.

For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.VIASPACE.com

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Proprietary Energy Crop Planted in Hawaii

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Today before the opening bell, VIASPACE announced that its proprietary dedicated energy crop, Giant King™ Grass (GKG), is now growing in Hawaii.

“Hawaii has the highest electricity rates of any US state because their electricity is mostly generated from expensive imported oil,” stated VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen. “Hawaii’s electric rates range from $.30 – $.40 per kilowatt hour depending on the cost of oil. This is two or three times the cost of electricity on the US mainland. Bioelectricity from Giant King Grass is substantially cheaper than oil generated electricity and has much lower carbon emissions. In addition, the large military presence on Hawaii has requirements for liquid biofuels for aircraft and ships. We believe that Hawaii should be an important part of the VIASPACE US strategy.”

Previously it was announced that the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released GKG from quarantine for distribution in the United States. Hawaii, however, has additional plant import rules. As a result, the energy crop is being grown in a facility under the purview of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Kukkonen personally supervised the planting in Hawaii and met with Department of Agriculture officials as well as with potential Giant King Grass customers in Hawaii. According to the CEO, the climate in Hawaii is ideal for GKG. Furthermore, there are substantial tracts of land available on different Hawaiian Islands that were previously used to grow sugarcane and pineapple.

“The Giant King Grass now growing in Hawaii was provided by the VIASPACE nursery in California,” commented VIASPACE Board Chairman Dr. Kevin Schewe. We have recently shipped GKG seedlings from California for projects with three other customers and Dr. Kukkonen is currently out of the country and personally supervising planting of GKG with one of these new customers. We are anxious to announce these projects and are respecting our clients’ internal timelines and needs in this regard. We have graduated from an R&D company and are busy executing our business strategy on a global scale.”

For more information on VIASPACE and its energy crop, visit www.VIASPACE.com

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VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC) Offers Energy Solution to Address Global Warming Crisis

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

A recent Reuters report indicates that West Antarctica is warming at a rate nearly twice as fast as previously thought, almost 3 times the global average. The warming is of special concern since West Antarctica has enormous ice sheet glaciers, which an ice shelf collapse could release, speeding their flow to the ocean and contributing to significant sea level rise. If West Antarctica were to melt entirely, sea level could rise by 11 feet. It comes on top of news that 2012 could end up being the hottest year in U.S. history, a year where the month of July set the record as being the hottest single month in the U.S. since weather records began back in 1895.

It’s a seemingly endless flow of news about global warming that continues to drive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Industrialized nations have been reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and now China is setting caps on coal use, while other developing countries increasingly look toward alternative energy sources.

For VIASPACE, provider of proprietary Giant King Grass (GKG), a dedicated biomass crop offering exceptionally high yields, the growing global crisis represents almost unlimited opportunities. GKG easily fits into the existing combustion oriented power industry infrastructure but represents zero-carbon energy production. When the crop grows, it absorbs carbon, balancing out the carbon released during burning in power plants. It’s more economical than solar or wind, and does not rely on weather or sun conditions for power production. In short, GKG is the ideal answer for an energy hungry world that needs to drastically limit greenhouse gas emissions, and the company has been actively signing contracts around the world to supply GKG. VIASPACE is also working with partners to develop other green bioenergy projects that can use Giant King Grass. For example, GKG can be used as a feedstock to make liquid transportation biofuels, such as green gasoline.

For more information on VIASPACE and its energy crop, visit www.VIASPACE.com

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