David Staples: New lamp that mimics the sun has major impact on cannabis growing

The power of simulated sunlight is showing remarkable results in growing cannabis.

A high-tech lighting system that mimics the huge variety of sunlight — manufactured by Edmonton company G2V and developed in a University of Alberta lab by research scientist Michael Taschuk — is now being tested in four cannabis grow operations across Canada.

The results have been astonishing, so much so that this lighting system could have numerous beneficial applications for food and plant growing.

Travis George of Endless Sky cannabis in British Columbia has been testing high-end lighting systems for three years but found the G2V lights grow cannabis plants twice as fast. “It’s an Alberta-manufactured product that exceeds all other lighting on the market … It kicked their asses.”

The significantly better G2V results were attained using just half the energy of other high-end lighting, George said.

The G2V lighting system wasn’t developed to grow plants. Instead it was built to test solar cells at the U of A’s National Institute of Nanotechnology. The goal with solar cells is to get even slight increases in efficiency. This makes it necessary to have extremely precise diagnostic tools for taking measurements, including lamps that mimic the sunlight as it’s experienced on the Earth’s surface in all its variety, hot and cold, bright and dim, and everything in between.

“What I was trying to do was to develop an artificial sun, basically something you could switch and turn off and turn on,” Taschuk said.

Real world application

Taschuk, 45, managed a large team of university of research scientists but he wanted to see if some of their work could have a real world application. Lab work just wasn’t cutting it.

As Taschuk’s GVS business partner Ryan Tucker, 30, who was part of the U of A team, puts it: “The (nanotech solar cell) science was amazing, it was …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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