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?Giant King Grass is the Lowest Cost Cellulosic Feedstock for a Biorefinery?: From VIASPACE Presentation at Biorefining Conference Now Online


IRVINE, Calif.-October 17, 2011VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPCNews), a clean energy company growing Giant KingTM Grass as a dedicated energy crop, and its subsidiary VIASPACE Green Energy Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VGREF), today announced that the invited presentation made by chief executive Dr. Carl Kukkonen at the Biorefining Conference is now online at the VIASPACE website http://www.viaspace.com/.  The Biorefining Conference was held in Houston, Texas September 14-18, 2011.

Dr. Kukkonen's presentation entitled "Biorefinery Feedstock and Fuel for Bioenergy" is summarized below.

••          Giant King Grass is the lowest cost cellulosic feedstock for a biorefinery

••          Co-location of biorefinery with Giant King Grass plantation greatly simplifies logistics

•-        Sugar-based biorefineries are co-locating in Brazil to reduce costs

••          New approaches of just-in-time harvesting and using wet biomass further reduce costs

••          Giant King Grass can also fuel boilers to produce process heat, steam & electricity

Biorefineries convert plants and other living materials to biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials including bio plastics.  Giant King Grass has been tested and shown to be suitable for producing bioethanol, and other products using the fermentation pathway.

Giant King Grass can also be burned in a power plant to generate electricity; for energy pellets to be co-fired in coal burning power plants; and to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion.


VIASPACE is a clean energy company providing products and technology for renewable and alternative energy that reduce or eliminate dependence on fossil and high-pollutant energy sources. Through its majority-owned subsidiary VIASPACE Green Energy Inc., the Company grows Giant King Grass as a low-carbon fuel for electricity generating power plants, pellets, as a feedstock for bio methane production and cellulosic biofuels such as ethanol and butanol, and for biochemicals and bioplastics.  For more information, please go to http://www.viaspace.com/ or http://www.viaspacegreenenergy.com/ or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or [email protected]

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