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Professor Yingjun Zhang, Respected Expert in Agronomy, to Advise on Renewable Energy Strategy

IRVINE, CA and BEIJING, CHINA-June 29, 2009-VIASPACE, Inc. (OTCBB: VSPC), a clean energy company providing products and technology for renewable and alternative energy, announced the appointment to its advisory board of Professor Yingjun Zhang of China Agricultural University, a respected expert in the science and technology of growing and using grass. China Agricultural University, located in Beijing, is China's leading agricultural university with 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Prof. Zhang received his bachelor's and master's degrees in grassland science and earned his PhD degree in agronomy from Gansu Agricultural University in China. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan. Prof. Zhang's research has focused on grassland management in diverse areas of China and on grass as animal feed.  His research has been supported by the Chinese Ministries of Agriculture, Education, and Science and Technology.

VIASPACE is cultivating and marketing fast-growing Giant King Grass as a feedstock for producing cellulosic low-carbon biofuel ("grassoline"), and as a biomass replacement for coal as the heat source for electricity generating power plants. VIASPACE is also exploring the animal feed market as a source of early revenue, as Giant King Grass was originally developed as animal feed for cows, sheep, goats, poultry and fish.

VIASPACE Chief Executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen stated: "I am pleased to welcome Prof. Zhang to our advisory board. He and his colleagues at China Agricultural University will be an invaluable resource as we pursue our plan to grow Giant King Grass in China and other areas of Southeast Asia. Prof. Zhang has contacts throughout China that are expected to be helpful in our search for new growing sites and he shares our excitement and outlook for the use of grass as a renewable energy source as well as animal feed."


VIASPACE is a clean energy company providing products and technology for renewable and alternative energy that reduce or eliminate dependence on fossil and other 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. VIASPACE subsidiary Ionfinity has operations in security-related systems and technology for military, defense and commercial applications. For more information, please see http://www.viaspace.com/ or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or [email protected].

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