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Harvey Mudd College and VIASPACE Collaborate on Fuel Cell Cartridge Technology

05/04/2006

PROVIDES FUEL CELL

CARTRIDGE TECHNOLOGY TO VIASPACE

 

PASADENA, CA.—May 4, 2006—VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB symbol VSPC), a company that transforms proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today's complex problems, announced today that its subsidiary company Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC) has received important cartridge technology from a Harvey Mudd College Engineering Clinic design team. The team, sponsored by DMFCC, completed a year-long project to develop innovative tamper/child resistance and authentication features for fuel cell cartridges designed to be used in portable electronics.

 

The Harvey Mudd College Engineering Clinic program engages a team of students and a faculty advisor to solve real-world technical problems for corporate clients. The corporate sponsor retains rights to all intellectual property developed by the team. The Harvey Mudd design team presented its Engineering Clinic results on campus on Tuesday, May 2, 2006.

 

DMFCC produces methanol fuel cartridges that provide the energy source for laptop computers and other portable electronic devices that will be powered by direct methanol fuel cells. Fuel cells are expected to gain a substantial market share because they offer longer operating time as compared to current lithium ion batteries and may be instantaneously recharged by simply replacing the disposable fuel cartridge.

 

 “I was very impressed with the work of the Harvey Mudd team,” stated Dr. Carl Kukkonen, CEO of both VIASPACE and DMFCC. “They provided several alternative

designs, and made a prototype of their best design for a child resistant cartridge. The students recognized that a major real-life challenge is product cost and simplicity. They came up with a simple and elegant design. We have filed two provisional patents incorporating their ideas.”

 

About VIASPACE: VIASPACE is a diversified technology company with knowledge and expertise in energy/fuel cells, microelectronics, sensors, homeland security and public safety, and information and computational technology. Founded in 1998 with the objective of transforming proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today's complex problems, VIASPACE benefits from important patent and software licenses from Caltech, which manages NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, please visit our website at www.VIASPACE.com, or contact for Investor Relations, Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications at 800-517-8050, or IR@VIASPACE.com.

 

About Harvey Mudd College: Harvey Mudd College, located in Claremont, California in suburban Los Angeles, was founded in 1955 in cooperation with the family of Harvey S. Mudd, a mining engineer and co-founder of one of the richest copper mines in the world. Harvey Mudd College, with a student body of just 700 students, is a leader in engineering, science, and mathematics education. Its mission is to educate undergraduate men and women in a demanding academic setting focusing on engineering, science, and mathematics,that also provides a rich background in humanities and social sciences. Harvey Mudd College is ranked in the top 20 small liberal arts colleges, and is listed as having one of the very best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.

 

Press contact: Carl Kukkonen 626-768-3360

 

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