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THERMO TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SPACE POWER GENERATION R&D

 THERMO TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR
 SPACE POWER GENERATION R&D
 SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation (AMEX: TKN) has received funding of approximately $1 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to begin the third year of a five-year program to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials used to generate power in space.
 Thermoelectric materials convert heat energy directly into electrical power without moving parts, making them an excellent electric ity source for space vehicles. This type of direct-energy conversion technology has been used by the space program since its inception. The goal of this program is to improve the efficiency of the thermo-electric materials currently used in space power systems, such as those aboard the Galileo and Voyager space probes, by 20 to 30 percent.
 "The Jet Propulsion Laboratory originally selected Thermo Electron Technologies for this project because of its technological lead in thermoelectric materials develop-ment," explains Valvo Raag, vice president of Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation. "More efficient thermoelectric materials would result in a significant cost savings because a space power system incorporating these materials would be lighter and would use less fuel."
 Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation develops advanced technology in electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems, signal processing, materials technology, lasers, and thermionic and thermoelectric direct-energy conversion. Currently, the company is developing several commercial products, including a sonic CT (computerized tomog-raphy) system for real-time imaging of soft tissues and internal organs, a passive microwave camera that would enable pilots to "see" through fog and clouds to enhance navigation, and a wind-shear detector that would provide pilots with advance warning of wind shears. Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
 (TKN TMO) CO: Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation; Thermo Electron Corp. ST: Massachusetts, California IN: AIR SU:


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