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Press Release 94-55
Mary Ann Peto

NASA Lewis to Manage Contract to Develop Photovoltaic Technology for Potential Commercial Use

Cleveland, OH -- The NASA Lewis Research Center Director, Donald J. Campbell announced today, November 3, 1994, that the Center will manage a $2-million contract for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) which allows for the development of thermophotovoltaic technology for commercial use.

Campbell, said, "Lewis has long been recognized as a leader in the development of photovoltaics (solar cells) for both space and terres- trial use. We will use our expertise to mesh technologies to develop a mobile energy source that will not only have military application but may also have commercial application benefits. This is an example of NASA's ongoing efforts in the area of technology transfer." Solar cells convert sunlight into electrical energy and are used as a power source to power spacecraft as well as having direct application to terrestrial systems.

Work is expected to begin in the spring of 1995.

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