Valcent Products Inc.
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Valcent Products Inc.

March 23, 2010 09:01 ET

Valcent's AlphaCrop Prototype Is Operational

Launceston College Becomes World's First Academic Institute to Use a Vertical Growing System

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - Valcent Products (OTCBB:VCTZF),, today announces that the first prototype of the new AlphaCrop vertical growing system has been delivered and is operational at the Company's facilities in Cornwall, England. AlphaCrop™ complements the well established VertiCrop™ system and is specially designed for smaller commercial growers and amateur growers looking for smaller but still highly cost effective compact units which demonstrate their commitment to growing fresh produce and reducing food miles.

"This premier unit has been designed to enable root crops such as baby carrots and salad potatoes to be grown, as well as fruit crops including strawberries," says Chris Bradford, President and CEO of Valcent Products. "Plant trials with a variety of crops will commence shortly, and it is expected that AlphaCrop units will complement the production of leaf crops from the Company's larger VertiCrop system. AlphaCropwill eventually be manufactured in three different sizes to suit a wide range of grower requirements."

"So far the performance of the prototype has met all our requirements," says Bradford "and within a few days the second prototype will be delivered which has been designed specifically for the keen amateur gardener and hobby grower. AlphaCrop can be adapted to a variety of growing methods, employing a hydroponics system or using conventional growing media such as compost, to meet organic standards if required."

Together with the company's early success with the prototype comes the news that Launceston College will become the first academic institute in the world to use a vertical growing system both as an educational facility and also to provide fresh produce for their students. Launceston College has recently been re-designated as a specialist technology center preparing students for science courses at University. The College will take delivery of the first commercial AlphaCropunit off the production line which will be used by the Applied Sciences department to introduce students to the concept of vertical farming, and by students in the Hospitality diploma course supplying fresh vegetables for their catering unit.

"We are really excited about the prospect of working with this ground breaking technology," said Claire Penfold, the College's Deputy Principal. "We already have a close working relationship with Valcent Products who are our neighbors in Launceston, and our students visit their research facilities on a regular basis. When we heard about the AlphaCrop development, we recognized immediately that it could play a key role in providing a practical demonstration of this new technology in a learning environment, and we will be working closely with the Valcent team to explore its full potential."

AlphaCrop will be distributed throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland by Ikon International, who will be displaying the "hobby grower" version of the prototype on their stand at GROW 2010, the International Hydroponics Exhibition to be held in Manchester on 27th – 28th March.

AlphaCropwill also be distributed through Em-Link LLC, the Boston based Master Distributor for Valcent products in the United States, who have already secured significant interest for the company's VertiCrop system in a number of major US cities.

To view the AlphaCrop prototype undergoing acceptance trails, please visit the website at and click on to the video link.

About Valcent Products Inc:

Valcent Products Inc. (OTCBB:VCTZF) specializes in growing solutions and plant based consumer products and is a leader in the development of innovative and practical eco-technologies. For more information, visit: and and contribute at

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