Greenhouse Canada

SunLab has focus on innovative technology

September 9, 2016  By Dave Harrison

Sept. 9, 2016, Vancouver – Tantalus Labs has crossed a landmark milestone with completion of its SunLab cannabis production facility.

Designed with the principles of high-tech agriculture and environmental stewardship, SunLab initiates a move away from the artificially lit and energy intensive indoor grow-ops that represent much of the cannabis production in North America today.



The facility employs innovative greenhouse technology throughout cultivation, logistics, and security. Automation and software are utilized in areas such as drip line fertilizer and irrigation, cannabis-specific airflow optimization, and environmental monitoring through an array of novel sensors.

An innovative rainwater recapture system leveraging UV, sand and reverse-osmosis filtration enables the irrigation of plants, drawing from abundant and pure British Columbian rainfall.

“SunLab represents a design choice to harmonize technology with nature,” explains Tantalus Labs creative director Alex Close, “creating a cultivation environment that is supernatural.”


SunLab provides an optimal way to fuel plant growth with sunlight, drastically reducing the power consumed by artificial lamps alone.

Greenhouses are industry standard in other environmentally controlled crops such as tomatoes, peppers and bedding plants in Canada.

However, growing cannabis in a greenhouse while abiding by stringent Canadian regulations known as the ACMPR (formerly MMPR) is still an emerging practice. Technologies from various industries have been adopted and specialized at SunLab in order to maintain compliance in areas such as security and quality assurance.

The completed structure represents four years of design and construction, with input from some of British Columbia’s foremost agricultural scientists.

Tantalus Labs managing director Dan Sutton notes that with the potential for significant reduction of carbon footprint relative to indoor production. “SunLab is an advancement for cannabis cultivation technology that Canadians can be proud of. We are building a brighter future for credible and technical cannabis agriculture.”


Tantalus Labs is committed to sun-grown cultivation of world-class cannabis products. It is currently in the ACMPR licensing process.

Wholly owned and operated in British Columbia, its team is a group of specialized scientists, engineers and designers committed to the advancement of agricultural science.

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