As we near the end of another year, we thought we would take this opportunity to reflect on what we accomplished as a team over the past year. Although in 2020 we faced some unprecedented challenges, our team rose to the occasion to take on some exciting projects.
Alberta E-Vent project
Exergy led a multi-disciplinary team to develop a Health Canada-approved emergency ventilator in only six weeks. In June, we delivered the final ventilator sets, also known as “Bertie,” to Alberta Health Services at an event attended by Hon. Kaycee Madu, Minister of Government Affairs. The Alberta E-Vent Project has enabled Alberta Health Services to expand their capacity for patient care should the need arise, but also, it has provided a new model for industry and healthcare collaboration that has the potential to be leveraged if a future need arises. Recently it was announced that the E-Vent was being piloted to help rural COVID-19 patients.
Remote-assisted 3D printer installation
Exergy Solutions used Augmented Reality technology to complete a remote assisted 3D printer installation and commissioning. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Exergy began to produce parts for ventilators and face shields. The company purchased two new HP 3D printers, the Jet Fusion 580 and Jet Fusion 4200, to increase its capacity. The installation of these 3D printers is typically completed by specialized technicians in-person, but due to travel restrictions, the Exergy team used augmented reality to collaborate with Ontario-based CAD MicroSolutions Inc.
Exergy hosted the Government of Alberta for Investment and Growth Strategy Announcement
On Sept. 17, 2020 Exergy Solutions hosted Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides, and Minister of Service Alberta Nate Glubish at its X-Lab where they announced Alberta’s Investment and Growth Strategy. Exergy’s president Billy Rideout spoke about the building the innovation ecosystem in the province and was featured in an article in the Calgary Herald about growth through innovation.
Exergy receives Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster investment
In July it was announced that Exergy Solutions is one of nine Canadian manufacturing projects that are receiving a cumulative investment of $28.8 million from Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen). NGen is the industry-led not-for-profit organization that leads Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. Its mandate is to help build world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
Exergy chosen to participate in Alberta Innovates DICE program
Alberta Innovates announced on July 16 that Exergy Solutions was one of 17 successful projects in its Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) program. Exergy is developing a training simulator using Dynamic Virtual Reality Digital Twin technologies to improve operator training in the energy industry.
2020 was also when our X-Lab fully opened and is now performing industry-leading testing, consulting, problem solving, design & engineering and R&D services. We’ve become Western Canada’s largest additive manufacturer in two short years.
I wanted to take this opportunity to take this opportunity to thank our incredible team and the clients that have put your trust in us. We’re looking forward to working with you in the year ahead.
Billy Rideout, President