VRB Power Systems Identified as Potential Supplier of Two VRB-ESS(TM) for Wind Project



    RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - VRB Power Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VRB)
announces it has been identified by Scotian Windfields Inc. ("Scotian
Windfields"), a Nova Scotia community-owned wind company, to potentially
supply two 60kW x 4hour VRB Energy Storage Systems(TM) (VRB-ESS) for a pilot
wind project funded by the ecoNova Scotia program. Scotian Windfields has up
to 18 months to use a $350,000 grant it received in federal funding to
demonstrate renewable energy battery storage systems in Nova Scotia as part of
a larger wind project, and will work with VRB and Nova Scotia Power over the
next few months to finalize all aspects of the purchase agreement. The
estimated cost for the entire project is CAD $1,770,000.
    "Development and deployment of energy storage technology is an essential
milestone towards achieving energy independence through greater incorporation
of renewable energy in Nova Scotia," says Dan Roscoe, Chief Operating Officer
of Scotian WindFields. "We have been working for some time to show that Nova
Scotia can harvest 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources, and
proving the effectiveness of energy storage technologies will be an important
part of that goal."
    Scotian Windfield's project was just one of 21 that received $2.6 million
in a funding announcement made Monday by Nova Scotia's Environment Minister
Mark Parent at the opening of the Power of Green conference in Halifax, hosted
by the provincial Economic Development Department. For more information,
please refer to the announcement released by the ecoNova Scotia program at
http://www.gov.ns.ca/econovascotia/pdf/EcoNovaScotia-Backgrounder-2008.pdf.
    Further information and specific details regarding the VRB-ESS system
size, specifications and cost will be released when finalized with the parties
involved. The sale is subject to execution of final contracts and consequently
no assurances can be given at this time that the arrangements as currently
proposed will be completed.

    About Scotian WindFields

    Scotian WindFields Inc. is a Nova Scotian corporation that is dedicated
to ensuring Nova Scotians take ownership of the province's abundant renewable
energy resources. The company was formed by an agreement among eight Nova
Scotian community-owned WindFields Community Economic Development
Corporations. Scotian WindFields Inc is mandated to develop investment
opportunities in renewable energy for funds raised within Nova Scotia by the
eight community WindFields. www.scotianwindfields.ca

    About NS ecoNova Scotia

    To help achieve the goals of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable
Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia created the ecoNova Scotia Program for Clean Air
and Climate Change. It's a $42.5 million initiative to help spur projects that
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution. The ecoNova Scotia
funding supports many different initiatives. The Capital District Health
Authority is using the ecoNova Scotia Program to speed the fuel conversion of
its many health facilities, from oil to natural gas. Funding has been awarded
to everything from tidal power projects to energy efficiency initiatives. The
ecoNova Scotia Program for Clean Air and Climate Change also encourages
opportunities for Nova Scotians through the Municipal and Environmental
Technology Programs. Grants worth $17 million are available for Nova Scotia
projects that can show direct emission reductions. www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia

    About VRB Power

    Headquartered in Richmond, Canada, VRB Power Systems Inc. is an energy
storage company 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.

    
    Vince Sorace
    President
    

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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.

    
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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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