VRB Power provides update on its Small Systems



    VANCOUVER, April 12 /CNW/ - VRB Power Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VRB) announces
an update on its 5kW systems:

    
    -   Recent 5kW x 4hr VRB-ESS(TM) sales have been made to the University
        of Aalborg in Denmark for evaluation in renewable (off grid wind and
        solar) applications and to Edison SPA in Italy for evaluation in
        Italian telecoms back-up applications;
    -   10 pre-production 10kWh systems and one 30kW x 2hr system were
        shipped in 2006. All of these systems have been commissioned and are
        either being tested in laboratory or in the field;
    -   Performance has been in line with expectations with the core
        technology performing well;
    -   Feedback has been incorporated into the new commercial design of the
        Company's 5kW systems which will be available for delivery from mid
        2007 and has helped improve the flexibility of storage duration and
        the efficiency and controllability of the systems;
    -   The costs of the commercial 5kW systems have been significantly
        reduced from the pre-commercial version and are in line with expected
        cost reductions;
    -   The commercial 5kW VRB-ESS(TM) will be unveiled in Chicago in June,
        2007 at the NxtComm Show;
    -   The focus for these 5kW systems continues to be on telecoms back-up
        applications as well as RAPS and off grid renewable applications; and
    -   VRB Power continues to strengthen its worldwide patent portfolio with
        the recent granting and filing of new patents covering its latest
        system and key applications.
    

    "I am pleased with the work that has been done by our engineering team in
developing a commercial 5kW multi-hour system, which provides a flexible, easy
to customize solution for our customers and which, at target pricing, will
generate positive margins on launch in mid 2007," said Tim Hennessy, CEO of
VRB Power Systems. "I am also pleased with how our pre-production systems have
operated so far in laboratory and field testing in a variety of applications
and I am encouraged by customer feedback. This, together with the work that
our sales team and channel partners have done in marketing and positioning
these systems in our target markets, gives me confidence that, once the
testing / evaluation phase of this product is concluded, we will generate
significant sales for this product. We continue to expand our assembly
capability at our Richmond facility and remain on track to have the capacity
to assemble 2,500 5kW cell stacks per shift per year from the end of 2007,"
concluded Hennessy.

    About VRB Power

    Headquartered in Vancouver, 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.

    Simon Clarke,
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development,





For further information:

For further information: VRB Power Systems Inc., (604) 697-8820;
Investor Relations, (604) 697-8835; Or visit the company's web site at:
www.vrbpower.com

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