Scientists of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) at the NASA research centre in Cleveland, Ohio, have been testing a new type of solar-energy receiving panel with good results.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2): These are solar panels...used to absorb radiation from the sun... Many hope that the harnessing of the sun's energy may be an answer to future energy problems. But, until now, the coatings for the solar panels permitted much of the sun's energy to escape.
At NASA's Lewis Research Centre in Cleveland, Glen McDonald has discovered a more efficient was of collecting the sun's energy a different coating for solar panels.
MCDONALD (SEQ 3): "...BACK TO THE COLD SKY."
MOSBROOK: McDonald says the black chrome costs no more than the paint now being used on solar panels. And, he says this break-thru will bring us much closer to the popular use of solar energy for such things as heating homes.
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Background: Scientists of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) at the NASA research centre in Cleveland, Ohio, have been testing a new type of solar-energy receiving panel with good results. The new panels are made of electroplated black chrome. The experts have found that this material does not re-radiate the sun's energy back into the cold sky and increases the solar panel's efficiency by thirty percent. Further, the new type of panel costs no more than the old ones. One of the NASA scientists, Glen McDonald, tells about the device.