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2015-12-22

Heliospectra: Heliospectra Awarded Research Grant for Innovative Studies on the Stimulation of Aroma and Nutrients in Plants Using Light

HELIOSPECTRA AWARDED RESEARCH GRANT FOR INNOVATIVE STUDIES ON THE
STIMULATION OF AROMA AND NUTRIENTS IN PLANTS USING LIGHT

Heliospectra AB, (OTCQB: HLSPY, FIRSTNORTH: HELIO), a world leader in
intelligent lighting technology for plant research and greenhouse
cultivation, is pleased to announce that the Company has been awarded a
research grant from Vinnova, the Swedish innovation agency, for an
innovation project entitled "LED Lighting to Enhance the Quality of
Plants".

Vinnova promotes sustainable growth by improving the conditions for
innovation and social benefits. Over $10 Million will be handed out to a
total of 96 different innovation projects

around the country.

Heliospectra will test LED grow lighting to stimulate aroma and nutrients
in plants, and increase product quality for growers and consumers. Partners
will include SP, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SLU, the
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Chalmers University,

"Previous studies have shown that the light quality is very important for
the plants' inner qualities, and we have great hopes to use light to
produce the quality we desire in greenhouse-grown herbs" - says Dr.
Karl-Johan Bergstrand, researcher at SLU.

The project is a continuation of the feasibility study "Lighting's
Importance to the Aroma of Herbs" conducted during the autumn, where basil
was grown under carefully controlled conditions under four different
lighting regimes, one based on HPS lights and three based on LED light.
Mature plants were harvested and analyzed with respect to a number of
quality factors such as growth, the presence of volatile compounds and
sensory properties. The study was conducted with financial support from
Partnership Horticulture, a national collaboration between academia and the
horticultural industry with the aim to create growth and sustainable
development in the horticultural sector.

"The results of the preliminary study clearly shows that the nature of
light can affect plant development and lay a good foundation for further
research on the topic. We want to learn more about how light of different
wavelengths affect the aroma production in the plant. The goal is to be
able to control and optimize product quality with the aid of light."- Tim
Nielsen, Project Manager SP. Staffan Hillberg, CEO of Heliospectra AB,
commented, "This grant, and Heliospectra's participation in this important
study, is testament to the agricultural lighting technology that has been
developed and patented by our company."

GOTHENBURG, Sweden / SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 21, 2015

Contact
Ida Fällström, Head of Plant and Light Research | Heliospectra AB | +46
730-66 30 02 | ida.fallstrom@heliospectra.com

Staffan Hillberg, CEO | Heliospectra AB | +46 (0)708 36 59 44 |
staffan.hillberg@heliospectra.com

The following documents can be retrieved from beQuoted
Heliospectra Pressrelease 2015-12-21 English.pdf

About Heliospectra AB
Heliospectra AB (OTCQB: HLSPY, FIRSTNORTH: HELIO) (www.heliospectra.com
) specializes in intelligent lighting
technology for plant research and greenhouse cultivation. The Company's
lighting system provides an effective and durable technology for
cultivating greenhouse and indoor plants by combining several different
groups of versatile light emitting diodes (LEDs) with optics, remote
sensing techniques, and a robust heat dissipation solution. This
proprietary setup gives growers the ability to control the intensity and
wavelengths of the light emitted, creating a spectrum specifically adjusted
to different plant species and growth stages to better facilitate
photosynthesis. The complete, highly-engineered lamp produces crops that
look better, taste better, and have a longer shelf-life than those grown
under HID lamps. The technology not only reduces energy consumption by up
to 50%, but also helps stimulate growth characteristics and improve plant
quality. Other benefits include reduced light pollution, lower mercury use
due to the avoidance of traditional HID/HPS bulbs, and less HVAC investment
and monthly expense requirements.

Heliospectra products are based on in-depth knowledge in plant physiology
and photosynthesis along with a unique way to utilize modern LED
technology. After six years of development in Sweden, the company has now
begun to expand into the international market. The company has raised more
than $21 million in capital and has received more than $2.6 million through
academic scholarships and grants. It has also received numerous awards for
its forward thinking technology. Principal owners: Weland Steel
, Swedish Industrial Fund
, Midroc , Avanza
Pension www.avanza.se .

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements
within the meaning of federal securities laws. Such statements are based on
our current beliefs and expectations and are inherently subject to
significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and
contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, such
forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to
future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change.
Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
technical advances in the industry as well as political and economic
conditions present within the industry. We do not take any obligation to
update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or developments
after a forward-looking statement was made.

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