G2V's origin lies in the development of solar simulators - test equipment for solar cell researchers and manufacturers. Conventional solar simulators use a xenon bulb, which generates significant heat and has difficulty maintaining a constant output. For researchers studying new solar cell technologies, these shortcomings are intensely frustrating.
In 2013 we started working on a research grade solar simulator using light emitting diodes (LEDs), which provided an exquisite match to the solar spectrum. By late 2014, we had a Class AAA commercial prototype that was capable of immersion in a pH 14 chemical bath. Our first units sold in the summer of 2015, and have been operating without downtime or bulb changes ever since.
The photo above shows Professor Jillian Buriak describing a hydrogen fuel generation technology to Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi. The Pico solar simulator helped enable this work, and is visible on the right side of the image.
Perihelion Grow Lights
The Perihelion ("closest to the sun") grow light was our development grow light series, operating as the foundation for the Orchid grow light. We built on the the Pico solar simulation technology, adding advanced control to emulate sunlight from different environments around the world. G2V’s ‘one-click’ sun technology duplicates daylight for any time of day, any time of year, any where in the world. Seasonal adjustments can be advanced or delayed, depending on your plant's needs.
The Perihelion technology has successfully grown a number of different plant species, including microgreens, herbs, and tomatoes. We've recently completed a trial deployment at an Edmonton school, and are finalizing the development of the Orchid technology.
Another application of the Pico technology is lighting optimized for 'hyperspectral imaging' - an image that contains spectroscopic information in each pixel. Hyperspectral imaging is used for applications such as crop monitoring, food quality control, and resource management. G2V's lighting technology has been used to compensate for the radiometric properties of hyperspectral imaging systems which limit signal-to-noise. With our hyperspectral flash, hyperspectral imaging performance can be significantly improved.
If you have need of a hyperspectral lighting solution or another advanced lighting application, please contact us.