Additional Sales and Commissioning of 5kW x 4hr VRB-ESS's



    RICHMOND, BC, June 19 /CNW/ - VRB Power Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VRB)
announces the sale of two additional 5kW x 4hr VRB Energy Storage Systems
(VRB-ESS(TM)) to customers in Europe and the Middle East.
    Ben Gurion University of Negev in Israel purchased a 5kW x 4 hour VRB-ESS
to assess the benefits associated with solar energy integration at the
University's Blaustein Institute for Solar Energy. An additional system was
sold to a large, multinational engineering organization in Germany to evaluate
the system and determine which in-house application it can best be used (e.g.
off-grid solutions, power quality).

    
    Recently, VRB Power has commissioned multiple VRB-ESS's, which include:

    -   Winafrique Technologies Ltd., of Kenya ("Winafrique") who are
        operating systems at two remote cellular telecommunications sites in
        Kenya with Safaricom Limited, the leading mobile telephone operator
        in Kenya (owned by Telkom Kenya and Vodafone Group Plc)
        ("Safaricom"). The installations mark the beginning of a trial of
        each system for the potential roll out of multiple systems at
        cellular telecommunications sites across East Africa; and

    -   Edison SpA of Italy who are operating a 5kW x 4hr system for
        evaluation in a telecoms back-up application.
    

    To date, VRB has sold a total of 15 small systems to 13 customers
worldwide.
    The marketing and sales strategy for the 5kW x 4hr VRB-ESS is focussed on
remote telecommunication sites that are off-grid or have a weak grid
connection in Africa, India and the Caribbean. The design and performance
characteristics of the system make it extremely well suited to address these
specific market requirements; particularly using a "hybrid" approach to
providing electricity where a diesel generator is combined with an energy
storage system and renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar. In these
markets, the 5kW VRB-ESS offers immediate benefits such as reduced diesel
emissions, lower life cycle costs, minimal maintenance, and longer discharge
capabilities with end users experiencing three to five year paybacks.

    About VRB Power

    Headquartered in Richmond, Canada, VRB Power Systems Inc. is an energy
storage technology developer which is marketing, selling and manufacturing
products utilizing the patented VRB Energy Storage System ("VRB-ESS(TM)"). The
VRB-ESS can economically store and supply large amounts of electricity on
demand and is focused on stationary applications. It is a long life, cost
effective, low maintenance, efficient technology that allows for the
scalability of power and storage capacity independently. The VRB-ESS is
particularly beneficial to renewable energy providers, utilities and end users
through its ability to "inventory" electricity, allowing for the optimal match
of supply and demand.
    The VRB-ESS is well suited for a variety of applications. Enabling the
provision of "firm" capacity from intermittent renewable generation such as
wind and solar; more cost effective and efficient generation of electricity in
remote areas; capital deferral for utilities; and load levelling (peak
shaving) applications. The VRB-ESS is also capable of providing backup power
solutions including applications for utility sub-stations and
telecommunication sites. The VRB-ESS is characterized by having the lowest
ecological impact of all energy storage technologies and is unlike most other
conventional energy storage systems that rely on substances such as lead or
cadmium.

    Caution regarding forward-looking statements: VRB Power's press releases
may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based on
management's current expectations and beliefs which are subject to a number of
known and unknown risks and uncertainties (including, but not limited to, the
risk factors described in VRB Power's Annual Information Form filed with the
British Columbia Securities Commission and available at www.sedar.com) that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied in our forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any
obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press
release.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.

    Vince Sorace
    President





For further information:

For further information: VRB Power Systems Inc. at (604) 247-3300;
Investor Relations at (604) 247-5001, Or visit the company's web site at:
www.vrbpower.com

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