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VIASPACE CEO Provides Update On Nicaragua Giant King® Grass Plantation and 12 MW Power Plant at International Biomass Conference


May 12, 2015 – Walnut, CaliforniaVIASPACE Inc. (OTC: VSPC) announced that VIASPACE CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made a presentation at the International Biomass Conference and Expo held April 20-22, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The presentation provided a case study and update on the 12 MW biomass power plant and 2,100 acre Giant King Grass plantation project being developed in Nicaragua. 


The eighth annual International Biomass Conference and Expo attracted 1,400 industry professionals and 204 exhibitors from all sectors of the world’s biomass utilization industries—biobased power, thermal energy, biogas, biofuels and biochemicals.

Dr. Kukkonen’s presentation included an overview of the project and its status which is summarized below.


Nicaragua power plant and plantation specifications:

         12 MW gross electrical power

         High-temperature, high-pressure boiler with 30% efficiency from  heating value of fuel to electricity

         High availability minimum 90%–7,884 hours per year

         11% internal electricity use

         84 million kwh of salable electricity

         Expected project lifetime 25+ years

         Fuel consumption–9 dry equivalent metric tons of Giant King Grass per hour

         Power plant co-located with 2,100 acre (832 hectare) Giant King Grass plantation


Nicaragua power plant and plantation status:

ü      Prefeasibility study  and business plan completed

ü      Giant King Grass growing well in Nicaragua

ü      Formal feasibility study completed

ü      EPC contractor selected and contract signed

ü      Power plant operator selected

ü      Provisional Generation License applied for

ü      Non-objection letter obtained from community

ü      Non-objection letter obtained from environmental department

ü      In progress with debt financers–banks

ü      Local partners will provide half of the equity


Remaining items planned to be completed in coming months. Power plant construction and commissioning will take less than two years.


At the conference, Dr. Kukkonen also held technical meetings, and met with potential new customers, suppliers and investors.

VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, commented, “The International Biomass Conference and Expo is the largest gathering of biomass professionals in North America. It is a best-in-class professional meeting. Dr. Kukkonen’s invited presentation regarding our Giant King Grass fueled, 12 MW renewable, biomass power plant in Nicaragua reflects the genuine and growing international interest in this particular project. VIASPACE is keenly focused on making this project scalable and reproducible as we continue with our Nicaraguan partners to make it a reality.”


The VIASPACE presentation at the International Biomass Conference is available on the VIASPACE website www.VIASPACE.com.



VIASPACE grows renewable Giant King® Grass as a low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation; for environmentally friendly energy pellets; and as a feedstock for bio-methane production and for green cellulosic biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. Giant King® Grass is a proprietary, high yield, dedicated biomass energy crop. Giant King® Grass when it is cut frequently at 4 to 5 feet tall is also excellent animal feed. The USDA granted approval for planting Giant King® Grass throughout the US and cooperates in exporting by performing the required inspections and issuing the phytosanitary certificate needed for import into foreign countries. Giant King® Grass is being grown in California, Hawaii, St. Croix Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, South Africa, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Guyana.  For more information, please go to www.VIASPACE.com or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or [email protected]


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