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Canadian tech company to demo world’s first upgradeable ‘artificial sun’ technology
G2V Optics will present their latest version of the “pico” solar simulator at an internationally renowned scientific meeting this month.
EDMONTON (March 12, 2019)-G2V Optics is set to showcase their software-controlled LED solar simulator to over 14,000 experts at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Orlando, Florida, from March 31st to April 2nd.
The device is called the pico and is the world’s only upgradeable solar simulator. It recreates the complex composition of natural sunlight and unlike other solar simulators, can be customized, programmed, and upgraded over time.
G2V Optics will now debut the newest version of the pico at one of the largest scientific conferences in the world.
“I am thrilled to go to the ACS meeting and present the pico with its new features and higher-level precision. It has been really well received so far,” said Ryan Tucker, the company’s CEO.
Solar simulators are mainly used to study the effects of sunlight on materials as well as to develop technology, including solar panels. G2V is also using the same underlying technology in urban and vertical farming, and more recently, in Canadian cannabis grow operations.
Mike Taschuk, G2V Optics’ founder and CTO, is most excited for how the pico will be used to develop renewable energy technology.
“The contribution we make is providing researchers with the tools to complete their work faster and more accurately. Solar power is the future of electricity and fuel generation, and G2V is committed to helping the best solar scientists in the world bring that future to life,” said Taschuk.
One of the pico’s unique features is its ability to simulate light conditions for different times of day, seasons, and geographical locations.
This provides a huge advantage for researchers, since experiments can be run in a variety of very accurate real-life conditions.
“If you’re in Hawaii in June or in Canada in December, the spectral makeup of sunlight is very different. Researchers are now looking at how solar materials will work in the real world in different settings, and the pico can replicate those unique solar spectra,” said Tucker.
An additional unique feature is its ability to be submerged in liquid, which allows scientists to investigate other renewable energy technologies besides solar panels.
“Another exciting thing about the pico is that it can be used for solar fuels, such as hydrogen, via water splitting – a reaction that uses light to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen” said Taschuk.
This process is more effective if the light source is directly submerged in the water, which can now be easily achieved with the device.
“That means we can really facilitate hydrogen production research for making carbon-free fuels,” said Taschuk.
Although the pico has strong roots in Canada, G2V Optics is now ready to showcase their product to the world’s most ambitious and talented experts.
“The ACS meeting is at the cutting edge of a whole bunch of fields, from photovoltaics to catalysis to nanomaterials, so we can meet people who are doing the most exciting work and who can benefit the most from our product, and that will be really exciting,” said Taschuk.