SUNLAB Solar Research Lab (SUNLAB)

Housed at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Research in Photonics, the SUNLAB is a solar cell characterization research facility which focuses on high performance solar energy, optoelectronics, and photonics devices.

The SUNLAB has six solar simulators ranging from a 1-sun highly-collimated continuous source, to 1000-sun concentrator continuous source, to 5000-sun extreme-intensity flashed source. The outdoor instrumental test sites allow the characterization of systems in a northern environment and gather unprecedented information on the solar spectrum in the Ottawa region. Devices and materials are studied via electroluminescence, photoluminescence, and atomic force microscopy electrical modes.


Centre for Research in Photonics
University of Ottawa
25 Templeton Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Areas of Expertise

Photovoltaic devices
– Ultra-high efficiencies: multi-junction solar cells
– Novel concepts: materials, nanostructures, wavelength conversion
– Photonic power: power-over-fiber, power opto-couplers

Photovoltaic systems
– Solar concentrator systems: optical design and analysis
– Outdoor testing: performance monitoring under real-world conditions
– Annual energy yield modeling: concentrator and bifacial photovoltaic systems

Solar resources
– Modeling comparisons of satellite to ground measurements
– Modeling irradiance from limited information (ex. GHI → DNI)
– Modeling spectra from irradiance measurements

Smart adaptive grid edge
– Smart photovoltaic nanogrids with intelligent control systems
– Battery integration and load management
– Smart sensors for the Internet of Things


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Published: April 22, 2022

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