G2V Optics  

Edmonton,  AB 
  • Booth: 930

G2V Optics is a technology company founded on the idea of pushing the boundaries of optical technology to tackle really big problems. We manufacture high-precision class AAA solar simulators with variable spectra technology that are compact, software-controlled and easily adaptable to academic and industry research environments.

Come join us at our workshop on Tues at the Expo2 Theatre for an overview of solar simulators. You will learn how your research will benefit from a deeper understanding of your solar simulator, what to look at in system specifications and what really matters.

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    6801 104 St NW

    Edmonton, AB Canada T6H 2L5

    Canadian tech company to demo world’s first upgradeable solar simulator

    G2V Optics will present their latest version of the “pico” solar simulator at the American Chemical Society 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.

    “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.

    The pico, a class AAA solar simulator, includes preset AM1.5G and AM0 to AM10 spectra for 0 to 1.1 suns intensity. As the world’s only upgradeable solar simulator, the pico can be customized to specific spectral, intensity, and environmental conditions.

    The device was initially developed at the University of Alberta and NRC’s National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) by  Michael Taschuk. Taschuk then founded G2V Optics, and was later joined by current CEO Ryan Tucker.

    This academic origin allowed G2V Optics to sell the pico to a variety of university researchers.

    “That really helped push forwards the requirements we needed to develop for true research and commercial applications,” said Tucker.

    Taschuk said the pico has four main advantages over other solar simulators.

    Firstly, because it is a LED simulator, users can adjust the spectra, while most other devices offer only one spectrum. Additionally, the pico can be easily programmed to simulate different times, seasons, and geographical locations with its One-Click Sun™ software.

    The second advantage is its extended lifetime and ease of use, since the device can be run for months at a time and has no moving parts. It also doesn’t require bulb changes, warm up time, or calibration, making it an easy and reliable device to use in the field.

    Thirdly, the pico can be immersed in solution, providing flexibility for scientists performing electrochemical experiments.

    Lastly, the pico’s modularity allows users to tailor the device to their needs, including near-infrared and ultraviolet light modules as well as customized spectra, intensity and area.

    Other modules include the IV module, which can measure the performance of solar cells and generate a characterization report showing all electrical characteristics with curve fitting for error analysis.

    “Because both the light and current voltage characterization are integrated into the pico, scientists can test a wide set of conditions and expose some of the fundamental physical mechanisms that determine the performance of their devices,” said Taschuk.

    “The pico is mostly used by academics at the moment, but there is a growing trend for industry to use this kind of technology, so we’re building bigger versions as well,” added 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 really at the cutting edge of a whole bunch of industries, 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.


  • pico. Variable Solar Simulator
    G2V pico’s custom LED drivers are designed to produce stable light output from microseconds to days.

    Engineered Sunlight: You have full control over each LED, allowing custom emission spectra and illumination timing....

  • G2V pico solar simulator
    • solar simulator designed for photovoltaic (solar cell), environmental testing, and photocatalysis research.
    • easily adapts to your experiments – place light where you need it
    • optional teflon illumination head for harsh chemical environments
    • exceeds ASTM E927 requirements for Class AAA from 0.1 to 1.1 Suns
    • fully programmable spectrum with radiometric calibration
  • pico. Fixed Solar Simulator
    Fixed-Spectra LED
    Class AAA Solar Simulator
    1.0 sun-equivalent irradiance AM1.5G spectrum.

  • Features:

    • Low-cost high-precision fixed solar spectra
    • Class AAA 1 sun illumination
    • Exceeds ASTM E927 by almost 5x
    • Radiometric calibration
    • Optional harsh environment upgrade
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