Alaskan Utility Initiates Study for Large Scale VRB Energy Storage System

    RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - VRB Power Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VRB)
announces it is conducting an engineering design study for Kotzebue Electric
Association ("KEA"), a member owned utility in Kotzebue located in northern
Alaska for the potential sale of a large scale VRB Energy Storage Systems(TM)
(VRB-ESS) sized at 300kW x 3 hours (with the option to be scaled to 600kW x 3
    The study is expected to be completed in November 2008, with results
forming the basis for the final sales confirmation, system designs, project
structure and delivery schedule. The work is spearheaded by the VRB Project
Management and Engineering team with deliverables including drawings, reports,
structural layouts and controls descriptions. The fee received for performing
the study was USD$95,000.
    "The study will help us identify the appropriate size VRB-ESS for
Kotzebue's wind/diesel hybrid generation system, that currently uses 17 wind
turbines to augment its existing 11.5MW of diesel generators, says Brian Beck,
VP of Business Development at VRB Power Systems. "The VRB will be used to
improve system stability and efficiency of generators; as well as allow for
the deployment of additional wind turbines and reduce fuel usage and related
green house gas emissions."

    About Kotzebue Electric Association

    Kotzebue Electric Association (KEA) is a non-profit cooperative that
provides power for Kotzebue Alaska. The city of Kotzebue is located 67 deg.
North latitude, 162 deg. West longitude at the tip of the Baldwin Peninsula on
Kotzebue Sound in North-western Alaska. Climatic conditions at Kotzebue are
characterized by long cold winters and cool summers. Kotzebue is a community
of over 3000 people and is the service hub for 11 communities in northwest
Alaska. KEA has a peak electrical load of approximately 4 megawatts. In
addition to operating the local utility, KEA manages the City of Buckland

    VRB Power Systems Inc.

    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

    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 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

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

    Vince Sorace

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:

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