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New Industry! Fuel cells & Fuel Cartridges Compared to Razor & Razor Blades

(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 29, 2008 ) PASADENA, CA — VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB: VSPC) today provided a brief overview of both fuel cells as well as the business model for fuel cell cartridges which VIASPACE’s subsidiary, Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (“DMFCC”), is pursuing. VIASPACE and DMFCC CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, states, “Fuel cartridges are the consumable in the fuel cell business. Fuel cells are like a razor with fuel cartridges as the razor blades. VIASPACE and DMFCC are helping to build a new industry that, while it does not exist today, has the potential to produce tens of billions of dollars in revenue over the next five years. “

“If the large portable electronic OEMs are successful in developing fuel cell powered portable electronics, five to 10 billion cartridges per year could be sold with potential profits exceeding $1 billion per year. There are plenty of risks, but the potential profits are huge.”

An overview of both fuel cells and the cartridges business model is outlined below.

1. Fuel cells are electrochemical engines that produce electricity directly from the fuel without burning. Electricity is made very efficiently and fuel cells are a green technology
2. The first market for fuel cells is likely to be in portable electronics. Compared to batteries, fuel cells enable a longer device operating time in addition to instant recharging, by replacing the disposable fuel cartridge without the need for an electrical plug and several hours to recharge. The convenience and increased productivity of new power-hungry portable electronic devices such as smart phones currently drives the market.
3. Direct methanol fuel cells seem to represent the fuel cell of choice by most portable electronics manufacturers. Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi, Panasonic and other large OEMs have already demonstrated that notebook computers, mobile phones and other devices can be powered by direct methanol fuel cells. In fact, we believe that they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop fuel cells and the products that use them.
4. International safety regulations developed by Underwriters Laboratories and the Japanese Electric Manufacturers Association have specified that a fuel must be contained in a safe, sealed and preferably disposable container called a cartridge. DMFCC is a member of these international committees.
5. With these safety regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the US Department of Transportation have recently allowed direct methanol fuel cells and cartridges to be carried on airplanes by passengers and aircrew. This is a major breakthrough.
6. According to industry sources, there were 100 million notebook computers and 1.1 billion mobile phones produced worldwide in 2007, and these figures are projected to rise to 160 million notebooks and 1.8 billion mobile phones in about five years. If the OEMs succeed in their product offerings, it is projected that up to 22% of notebook computers and 2.5% of mobile phones will be powered by fuel cells in about five years. This leads to a projection of 91 million fuel cell powered devices sold. Independently, Frost and Sullivan have projected that 71 million fuel cell powered portable electronic devices will likely be sold in 2011. OEMs are currently spending hundreds of millions of dollars to try and capture this large new market.
7. Each notebook computer and mobile phone powered by a fuel cell is projected to use between two and four cartridges per month over its three-year lifetime. If the OEMs are successful, this level of cartridge usage amounts to five to 10 billion cartridges per year, approximately five years from introduction. This is the market that DMFCC is pursuing.
8. While specific cartridge pricing has not yet been determined, cartridges are projected to sell for between $3.00 and $5.00 each, and the overall cartridge industry could be worth as much as $15 billion to $30 billion per year at the retail level. Consequently, cartridge manufacturing and distribution profits could be in the billions of dollars per year. That is why DMFCC is in the cartridge business.
9. DMFCC has an established global network of qualified cartridge manufacturing partners that are already trusted suppliers to many OEMs. DMFCC is already working with Samsung and other companies on cartridges.
10. The OEMs want to sell notebook computers and mobile phones and, while most do not want to manufacture and sell cartridges, they do want cartridges to be widely available. DMFCC's investment cost in the cartridge business is much lower than the costs being expended by OEMs on developing the fuel cells. DMFCC’s manufacturing partners are also sharing in the cartridge development costs.
11. In addition to providing cartridges, DMFCC also has the patents on direct methanol fuel cells that most OEMs will need to bring their DMFC products to market. DMFCC has stated that they are willing to provide this patent protection to the OEMs in exchange for a cartridge supply agreement. This is another incentive for OEMs to work directly with DMFCC.
12. DMFCC is, nonetheless, dependent on the OEMs’ success in bringing fuel cell powered portable electronics to the marketplace. In order to benefit from their success, DMFCC must be willing to take these risks together with the OEMs.

About VIASPACE: Originally 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, or contact for Investor Relations, Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications at 800-517-8050, or

Press contact: Carl Kukkonen 626-768-3360
This news release includes forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include the risks outlined in our periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-KSB, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, as well as general economic and business conditions, the ability to acquire and develop specific projects and technologies, the ability to fund operations, changes in consumer and business consumption habits, and other factors over which VIASPACE has little or no control.

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Silver Dragon Resources Inc.
Current Price (0.14)
BEIJING, May 27, 2008 -- Silver Dragon Resources Inc. (OTC BB:SDRG.OB - News) is pleased to announce the discovery of 23 Ag-Pb-Zn mineralized bodies at the Liangdi Silver Project (``Liangdi'') located in the Erbahuo Silver District in Northern China. Silver Dragon has been implementing a comprehensive exploration program at Liangdi including trenching and tunneling. The tunnel has progressed to 60 meters and revealed four parallel mineralized bodies with their thicknesses ranging from 1.4 to 2.5 meters. Silver Dragon Resources Inc. is a mining and metal company focused on the exploration, acquisition, development and operation of silver mines in proven silver districts globally. Silver Dragon's objective is to acquire silver mining assets that contain promising exploration targets, have highly leveraged, out-of-the-money silver deposits, and/or are producing properties with significant untapped exploration potential. It is management's objective to grow Silver Dragon into a significant silver producer by developing the Cerro las Minitas and the Erbahuo projects in Mexico and China. For more information, please visit the Company's website at: (now available in Chinese).

Current Price (0.86)
SANTA ROSA, Calif. & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--May 27--Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTCBB:ZAAP - News) today named Mr. Eqbal Al Yousuf Chairman of the 13-year public Company. The effective date of his appointment will be June 2, the day of the next scheduled meeting for the board of directors. ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. At the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, hydrogen, electric, fuel cell, ethanol, hybrid and other innovative power systems, ZAP has a joint venture to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles with Youngman Automotive Group, one of China's leading manufacturers of buses and trucks. ZAP is developing a high-performance crossover SUV electric car concept called ZAP-X engineered by Lotus Engineering. ZAP is also developing a new generation of vehicles using advanced nanotech batteries with Advanced Battery Technologies. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group to expand its international vehicle distribution. ZAP also makes an innovative, new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics from cell phones to laptops. For product, dealer and investor information, visit

Earth Biofuels, Inc.
Current Price (0.04)
DALLAS--May 27--Earth Biofuels, Inc. (OTCBB: EBOF - News) today announced that its subsidiary, Applied LNG Technologies, LLC (“ALT”) has renewed its contract to provide the City of Long Beach, California with liquefied natural gas.The City of Long Beach utilizes liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) as transportation fuel for its municipal fleet of approximately 200 natural gas-powered vehicles. The City currently uses approximately 10,000 gallons of LNG per week. Earth Biofuels, Inc. engages in the production, distribution, and sale of renewable fuels consisting of biodiesel, ethanol, and liquid natural gas, with a focus on biodiesel fuel, in the United States. It produces pure biodiesel fuel (B100) through the utilization of vegetable oils, such as soy and canola oil as raw material for sale directly to wholesale distributors; and as a blend stock to make B20 biodiesel primarily in Oklahoma and Texas. Earth Biofuels distributes petroleum/biodiesel blended fuel, such as B20 through wholesale distributors, truck stops, and fueling stations. The company also produces and distributes liquefied natural gas for municipal and commercial fleet customers primarily in Arizona and California, through its subsidiary, Earth LNG, Inc. In addition, Earth Biofuels has the exclusive license to sell and distribute BioWillie-branded biofuels. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Earth Biofuels, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Apollo Resources International, Inc. On 11 July, 2007, an involuntary petition to liquidate under Chapter 7 is filed against Earth Biofuels, Inc in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

BPI Energy Holdings, Inc.
Current Price (0.39)
CLEVELAND--May 27--BPI Energy Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: BPG - News), an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, production and commercial sale of coalbed methane (CBM) in the Illinois Basin, today announced that the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court in Perry County, Ill., has granted summary judgment in its favor with respect to the previously announced litigation with ICG Natural Resources, LLC. BPI Energy (BPI) is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, production and commercial sale of coalbed methane (CBM) in the Illinois Basin, which covers approximately 60,000 square miles in Illinois, southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky. The company currently controls the dominant CBM acreage position in the Illinois Basin at approximately 500,000 acres. is owned and operated by Iron Consulting LLC
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