Tesla teams with UNLV engineers for battery manufacturing research

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- UNLV and Tesla Motors have teamed up to give a jolt to Nevada's economy and UNLV's engineering program.

The partnership will draw on the expertise of university faculty to pursue advanced topics in battery manufacturing as part of an agreement between Tesla and Nevada legislators.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and officials from UNLV and Tesla formally announced the partnership during an Oct. 7 ceremony in UNLV's Science & Engineering Building.

"Tesla is the hot commodity company these days," said UNLV President Len Jessup, who spoke at the event. "We want to help Tesla in their goals and they are going to help us in ours to become a top-tier University."

The initial phase of the five-year agreement between Tesla and the university includes two projects led by UNLV engineers and scientists to enhance manufacturing processes at Tesla's Northern Nevada Gigafactory.

Over a five year period, the agreement could bring in one million dollars to UNLV graduate student programs for students who work in sectors that specialize in battery production.

A team of UNLV engineering researchers will focus on water recycling and treatment, and a separate team of chemists will work to improve recycling of metals from lithium ion batteries.

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