Micro Fuel Cell Technology Awarded U.S. Patent, Exclusively Licensed by Caltech to VIASPACE Subsidiary

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Micro Fuel Cell Technology Awarded U.S. Patent, Exclusively Licensed by
Caltech to VIASPACE Subsidiary
First Commercial Micro Fuel Cell Product Brought to Market



IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin
Board: VSPC), an alternative energy company providing products and technology
for renewable, clean energy, announced that new technology enabling fuel cells
for micro applications has been patented under U.S. Patent Number 7,585,577
"Monopolar Fuel Cell Stack Coupled Together Without Use of Top or Bottom Cover
Plates or Tie Rods." 

The patent was issued to Caltech, which licensed it exclusively to VIASPACE
subsidiary Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC). The inventors are
Sekharipuram R. Narayanan and Thomas I. Valdez, both with the NASA/Caltech Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, where the direct methanol fuel cell was invented. 

The new patent application is related to monopolar fuel cell stacks.
Traditionally, direct fuel cells stacked unit cells vertically like slices of
bread in a loaf. Monopolar stacks use the same unit cells, but the "bread
slices" can be laid horizontally next to each other. This allows for a thinner
fuel cell that is more suitable for many micro applications like mobile
phones.  The patent states that "the new stack design offers two-to-three fold
improvement in power densities, suitable for manufacturing, uses inexpensive
plastic materials, and straightforward to troubleshoot and assemble. Such a
stack design will substantially improve the commercialization of portable
direct methanol fuel cell power sources." 

The new patent follows previously awarded U.S. Patent Number 6,680,139
"Reduced Size Fuel Cell for Portable Applications," and U.S. Patent Number
6,756,145 "Electrode and Interconnect for Miniature Fuel Cells Using Direct
Methanol Feed."

VIASPACE and DMFCC Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen remarked: "This new
patent adds significant value to our intellectual property portfolio.  It will
be difficult for any company to go to market with direct methanol fuel cells
for micro applications, or other applications for that matter, without first
obtaining protection under the Caltech patents which we have licensed." 

Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation holds an extensive and comprehensive
portfolio of direct methanol fuel cell patents licensed from Caltech as well
as the University of Southern California. The patents cover the direct
methanol fuel cell concept, technology that makes the science practical for
use, and important processes related to manufacturing. Several patents are
considered fundamental and blocking.

"Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation is focusing on disposable fuel
cartridges that provide the fuel source for direct methanol fuel cells,"
Kukkonen stated. "As previously announced, we are partnered with Samsung and
are also working under confidentiality agreements with other companies.
Strategically, we are engaging in opportunities to apply our intellectual
property and patents in order to help develop the direct methanol fuel cell
market."

In a related development, on October 22, 2009, IDG News Service reported that
"After years of prototypes and promises that the technology was just around
the corner, Toshiba has become the first major consumer electronics maker to
launch a device using direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology. The
Dynario, a charger that can replenish [recharge] the batteries in gadgets like
cell phones and digital cameras via USB, went on sale on Thursday on Toshiba's
Web store. The charger is about the same thickness and width as a cell phone,
although it is slightly longer than most phones at 15 centimeters. A single
50-milliliter charge of methanol will enable it to recharge a cell phone
twice. The next step for Toshiba will be gadgets with embedded fuel cells.
Earlier this month at Ceatec 2009 one of its DMFCs was on display inside a
cellular telephone but both Toshiba and Japanese carrier KDDI, which was
demonstrating the phone, gave no estimate for its release. Toshiba didn't
disclose any plans to sell the charger overseas."

To date, Caltech's direct methanol fuel cell patents have been issued in the
United States, Korea and other countries but not yet in Japan.

About VIASPACE Inc.
VIASPACE is an alternative energy company providing products and technology
for renewable and clean energy that reduce or eliminate dependence on fossil
and high-pollutant energy sources. The Company provides raw material for
cellulosic biofuels and develops and markets fuel cell cartridges, products
and technology. VIASPACE subsidiary Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation owns
a portfolio of fuel cell patents licensed from Pasadena-based California
Institute of Technology (Caltech), which manages NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, where the direct methanol fuel cell was invented. For more
information, please see www.VIASPACE.com or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande,
Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or IR@VIASPACE.com.

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SOURCE  VIASPACE Inc.

Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, +1-800-517-8050,
IR@VIASPACE.com
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