Sisolak, aiming to grow energy industry, tours UNLV lab

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Gov. Steve Sisolak discusses NevadaOs recent COVID-19 figures during a press conference at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas.

Fri, Jan 29, 2021 (4:26 p.m.)

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday toured a UNLV lab researching technology that could allow for the transmission of electricity over long distances, something the Democratic governor said could potentially grow Nevada’s energy industry.

Sisolak's visit Friday followed his pledge in his State of the State speech earlier this month to diversify Nevada's tourist-reliant economy.

UNLV physicist Ashkan Salamat led Sisolak on a lab tour and explained his landmark research on a room-temperature superconductor, technology that would allow electrical current to flow from one point to another across a long distance without energy loss that currently occurs in the electrical grid.

The technology has been hailed as a breakthrough that theoretically could open the door years from now for a solar farm in Nevada to power cities on the East Coast.

Sisolak says Nevada will provide resources and support so the research and continue. He said the state does not have many exports outside of gold and silver mining but exporting energy could become extremely valuable for Nevada.

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