Calix accelerates addressing global wastewater sustainability challenge and strengthens US pathway with acquisition of Inland Environmental Resources

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October 15, 2019 – Australian technology company, Calix Limited (ASX: CXL), is accelerating its ability to address the global challenge of sustainable water treatment and strengthening its pathway into the US market with the acquisition of Inland Environmental Resources.

Inland Environmental Resources, Inc. (IER) is a distributor of magnesium hydroxide (MHL) products and other innovative environmentally-friendly process water and wastewater treatment chemicals and equipment. IER’s philosophy is to identify potential environmental solutions that can optimise performance and minimise costs associated with process water and wastewater treatment.

With rapid urbanisation and development, and increasing environmental pressure on industrial emissions, there is an emerging trend for safe, sustainable solutions to prevent odour, protect existing and new infrastructure, and improve wastewater treatment performance.

Phil Hodgson said, “Water and wastewater management is a challenge that can threaten vital waterways, with impacts on health and environment. IER’s values perfectly align to Calix’s goal of creating solutions that solve global sustainability challenges. Calix’s ACTI-Mag for example, is aimed at improving the sustainability of water treatment.”

Through this acquisition, Calix will be looking to drive top-line revenue growth in the US through expansion in existing geographies with more than a thousand municipal wastewater authorities across the nine US states where IER operates, introducing Calix’s odour control, phosphate removal, and fat/oil/grease (FOG) control solutions into these states, as well as expanding into new geographies and markets through the benefits offered by Calix’s ability to stabilise MHL and improve its performance.

Doug Kelley, President of IER, said, “In most cases, the environmental solution to a problem is also the most cost-effective. To this end, IER offers more than 100 years of combined experience in the areas of municipal and industrial wastewater and process water treatment. IER shares Calix’s passion to provide their uniquely stable and reactive MHL products for further growth into our primary North American markets, and to expand the applications of these high-quality, environmentally friendly technologies into new markets.”

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About Calix

Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges.

The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

Because there’s only one Earth – Mars is for Quitters.

ASX Announcement: Calix announces chemical multinational company, Solvay, will join the LEILAC Project Consortium

Highlights:
· Calix’s LEILAC Project is a €21m, EU-funded pilot project to demonstrate Calix’s Direct CO2 Separation technology for the cement and lime industries
· Materials and specialty chemicals multinational Solvay (www.solvay.com) has joined the LEILAC Project Consortium
· Solvay is one of the world’s largest producers of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate which are used in many applications or end-products. The “Solvay Process” uses amongst other feedstocks, limestone (for lime) and CO2 to produce soda ash.
· Solvay and Calix will explore the use of Calix’s patented Direct Separation technology, at the heart of the LEILAC Project, to help support Solvay’s objective to reduce its CO2 emissions.
· BBC Broadcast features one of the global cement leaders, HeidelbergCement, and their CO2 goals, as well as Project LEILAC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz1ns)

Sydney, Australia | September 12, 2019 – Multi-award-winning Australian technology company Calix Limited (ASX: CXL, ‘Calix’ or ‘the Company’), is pleased to announce Solvay, an advanced materials and specialty chemicals multinational, has joined the LEILAC Project Consortium.

Phil Hodgson, Managing Director and CEO of Calix, said: “We are very pleased to have Solvay join the LEILAC Project Consortium as this further validates the interest and potential application of the technology to reducing CO2 emissions for large scale industrial manufacturing processes.”

Solvay Joins LEILAC Project Consortium

Solvay S.A. has joined the Project LEILAC Consortium and, subject to final approval by the European Commission on a change in the Project Grant Agreement to add Solvay to the Project, will contribute engineering expertise for the balance of the project. The funding for this resource will be paid for by Solvay and is not covered by the existing grant from the European Commission.

Solvay, founded in 1863, is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end-markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweight materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimise the use of resources, and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality (www.solvay.com).

The “Solvay Process” to produce soda ash uses, amongst other feedstocks, limestone (for lime) and CO2. One of the LEILAC Project objectives is to demonstrate Calix’s Direct Separation of CO2 from processing limestone to produce lime. Application of the Calix process to the Solvay Process is thus being investigated as part of the development of the technology, which would support Solvay’s objective to reduce its CO2 emissions.

The LEILAC Project is currently undergoing an engineering program to address the issues previously outlined in the commissioning and initial test phases, including burner modifications, control systems, and powder handling, before progressing to the next series of tests designed to test the technology to design capacity. In parallel, planning continues on the next scale-up of the technology – a demonstration-scale facility (20% to 25% of a full-scale cement plant, and equivalent to a large-scale lime plant).

Calix has noticed interest in CO2 capture from the cement and lime industries, and now more widely from other industrial players such as Solvay, is increasing.

In February 2018, The EU Council of Ministers approved the reform of the EU-ETS for phase 4 (from 2020) to steepen the pace of annual emissions cuts to 2.2%, as well as restricting further the surplus of free allowances. In response, CO2 allowances have had a sustained increase in price. This will no doubt impact European companies with exposure to CO2 emissions.

BBC Broadcast special “People fixing the world” features concrete, its CO2 footprint and the importance of the LEILAC Project

A recent BBC programme, “People Fixing the World” featured “The Concrete Cleaners” which highlighted cement, and its CO2 footprint. HeidelbergCement’s Director of Alternative Resources, Global Sustainability Jan Theulen was featured and discussed the LEILAC Project. The broadcast can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz1ns.

HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest cement companies, with 139 cement plants globally with a capacity of 176 million tonnes.

About Calix

Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges.

The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

Because there’s only one Earth…

…Mars is for Quitters!

Calix awarded over $3.5M in new projects for technology development in Australia and Europe

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Highlights: 

  • Calix is leading a new $9.4m Australian project focused on developing high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials
  • The new project, The CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries, will utilise proprietary electrode materials manufactured by Calix in its BATMn reactor at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • Calix will receive $3m over 3 years from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • The CRC-P aims to establish a platform for a sustainable Australian manufacturing industry delivering high performance, affordable, and more recyclable lithium ion hybrid batteries
  • Calix has completed construction, and has commenced commissioning, on its BATMn reactor for advanced battery materials
  • The European Union has announced a new $4.8m project for CO2 capture from cement production, for which Calix Europe will be awarded $0.5m

Sydney, Australia – Multi-award-winning Australian technology company Calix Limited (ASX: CXL, ‘Calix’ or ‘the Company’), is pleased to announce two new development projects, for advanced battery development and CO2 capture work, based in Australia and Europe, as well as completion of construction of its BATMn reactor for advanced battery materials.

New $9.4m Australian CRC-P Project led by Calix to develop advanced batteries

The CRC-P (Cooperative Research Centre Projects) program is an Australian Government initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to support short-term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

On Friday, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon. Karen Andrews, announced the $9.4m project “The CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries”. The project, which Calix will lead and will receive $3m in funding over three years, will be a collaboration between Calix, the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) and BatTRI-Hub at Deakin University (led by Prof. Maria Forsyth and Prof Patrick Howlett) and Boron Molecular Pty Ltd.

The project aims to develop high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials manufactured by Calix in its BATMn reactor at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and ionic liquid electrolytes developed by Deakin University and Boron Molecular.

Coin-cell fabrication, electrochemical screening and testing of Calix’s highly porous “nano-active” electrode materials (such as manganese oxide (Mn3O4) cathodes, and titanium oxide (TiO2) anodes) and ionic liquid electrolytes will be carried out by IFM at Deakin. BAT-TRI-HUB will manufacture pouch cell and battery pack prototypes, which will be supplied to global manufacturers and customers for performance evaluation. The CRC-P aims to establish a platform for a sustainable Australian manufacturing industry delivering high performance, affordable, and more recyclable lithium ion hybrid batteries.

Battery technology development is rapidly progressing, with novel sodium and magnesium batteries on the horizon.  Calix is deeply engaged with leading researchers worldwide to ensure that its “nano-active” materials are considered as the basis for the next generation of batteries.  In Australia, Calix is an active member of the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Future Energy Storage Technologies (storEnergy), coordinated by Deakin University, through projects with Monash University and QUT, and with the European Union’s Polystorage project. These networks give Calix unique access to world leaders in future battery technology developments.

Director of storEnergy, Professor Maria Forsyth, said: “BatTRI-Hub’s cutting-edge prototyping facility will be used in the project to produce pouch cell batteries, optimise their performance and provide batteries for trials with global customers. We are thrilled to be working with Calix and Boron Molecular to utilise the materials manufactured in regional Victoria as the next step towards developing next generation batteries in Australia.”

Calix’s Head of Battery and Catalyst R&D Program, Dr Matt Boot-Handford, said: “Calix is uniquely placed to accelerate the development and commercialisation of high-performance electrochemical energy storage devices.  We have a patented and proven approach to making highly porous “nano-active” materials for both anodes and cathodes, a commercial scale production reactor, short-term projects in place through the CRC-P to demonstrate batteries using our materials, and long term national and global linkages to expertise in batteries through StorEnergy and Polystorage.”

Calix’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr Phil Hodgson, said: “When Calix listed on the ASX in July 2018 we had early results on our materials for batteries that were very promising. Since then, we have completed construction of a unique capability with our BATMn reactor in Bacchus Marsh, and have advanced the use of Calix’s products for batteries through our network of collaborators across the globe, with projects such as the CRC-P and StorEnergy in Australia, and Polystorage in Europe. We look forward to working with our partners to achieve breakthroughs in future battery technology development.”

For more information:

https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/cooperative-research-centres-programme/cooperative-research-centres-projects-crc-ps

https://www.deakin.edu.au/ifm

https://www.batteryinnovationhub.com.au/

http://www.boronmolecular.com/

Calix commences commissioning of BATMn reactor, on time and on budget

Calix is pleased to announce it has completed construction and has commenced commissioning its BATMn reactor, on time and on budget. The reactor is key to developing the new materials for advanced batteries. Built at a cost of $2.3m, with $0.8m funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund, the reactor is an electrically powered version of the Calix Flash Calcining technology. It will be a key provider of novel materials for the recently announced CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries, and the storEnergy consortium.

Cement and lime production, and CO2 emissions…

Calix has been developing and proving its Direct Separation Capture technology for the cement and lime industries in the $33m project LEILAC (“Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement”). The LEILAC plant was officially opened in early May and the first commissioning results were released in late July. That plant aims to capture the “process” CO2 emitted from the making of cement and lime (those CO2 emissions which come from the limestone itself – about half the weight of the rock), which is responsible for about 65% of emissions from these industries.  Recently, industry leaders such as HeidelbergCement have announced that they will be zero-emissions by 2050.  Companies in Europe are facing significant costs for their emissions, as their allocation of free CO2 permits is reducing year-by-year from 2020.

Cement and lime manufacture require significant amounts of heat, and CO2 emissions from the fuels used to generate this heat is responsible for about 35 % of total CO2 emissions from these industries. Having addressed the 65% of CO2 coming from the limestone itself with the LEILAC technology, Calix is now looking to address the remaining 35% from the combustion gases.

New $4.8m European CO2 Capture Project “ANICA” – Calix to receive $0.5m funding to advance its technology

Calix, through its UK subsidiary, Calix (Europe) Ltd, is a partner in the $4.8m project, ANICA, that has been awarded funding under the EU ACT-CCS Program to capture the emissions from cement.  ANICA is a German-UK-Greece consortium of 11 partners, which will develop a novel Indirect Heating Calcium Looping Technology, developed by Technical University Darmstadt. Calix will assess the use of this technology to capture CO2 from the combustion gas and will develop the designs for a future pilot plant.

Calix’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr Mark Sceats, said: “In ANICA, Calix will work with the partners to integrate its LEILAC technology for capturing process CO2, with the Darmstadt “looping” technology to capture combustion CO2. Looping uses lime as the CO2 sorbent, and the spent lime can be used in cement, so there is no waste. The combination of both can give zero emissions cement.”

About Calix

Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges. The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction. Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes. Because there’s only one Earth – Mars is for Quitters.

Calix and Afepasa enter 10-year distribution licence agreement for agriculture product

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Highlights: 

  • Calix has entered a 10-year distribution agreement with one of Europe’s largest suppliers of sulphur-based fertiliser and crop protection products, Afepasa, for Calix’s bioactive magnesium hydroxide for agriculture
  • Afepasa, a Spanish company manufacturing premium sulphur products operates in more than 80 countries across five continents
  • The distribution agreement, which covers Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, is subject to performance hurdles, and covers the marketing and selling of Calix’s bioactive materials as an active ingredient under Afepasa branding
  • Calix has delivered upon its commercialisation strategy for BOOSTER-Mag of pursuing a sales and marketing licensing model with crop protection companies and distributors, whilst continuing to manufacture active materials in-house. The Company is continuing to work with some of the world’s largest crop protection companies in other regions to enter into similar licensing agreements
  • Calix’s emerging aquaculture water treatment product, AQUA-Cal+, continues to expand in China, with four more containers ordered before the end of the financial year – bringing the total for FY18/19 to 12 containers (from 1 in FY17/18)

Sydney, Australia – Multi-award-winning Australian technology company Calix Limited (ASX: CXL, ‘Calix’ or ‘the Company’), is pleased to announce the execution of its first bioactive magnesium hydroxide distribution agreement with a European leader in sulphur-based fertiliser and crop protection products, Afepasa. The Company is also pleased to provide a general update on its portfolio of products including PROTECTA-Mag, ACTI-Mag and AQUA-Cal+.

Distribution Agreement with Afepasa – Agriculture

Calix’s first distribution licence agreement for its bioactive magnesium hydroxide (known internally as BOOSTER-Mag) for agriculture has been executed with Afepasa (Azufrera y Fertilizantes Pallarés, SAU – www.afepasa.com) and covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a period of 10 years. The key terms of the license are:

  1. Territory: Exclusive License to sell its bioactive magnesium hydroxide in Europe, Africa and the Middle East subject to performance hurdles
  2. Performance Hurdles: Minimum sales volumes: Year 1 and 2: 150kL, Year 3: 100kL, Year 4: 200 kL, Year 5+: 400kL
  3. Intellectual Property (IP): Any new / developed IP to be 100% owned by Calix

Calix’s safe and sustainable bioactive magnesium hydroxide materials have been under development for agricultural applications for over four years, with extensive testing over consecutive years on a variety of crops in Australia, Asia and Europe. Through these thorough testing processes, Calix has demonstrated that grower productivity, safety and sustainability can be substantially enhanced when using BOOSTER-Mag. BOOSTER-Mag targets a total addressable chemical crop protection market of over US$10b, which is under increasing regulatory and sustainability pressures.

Calix’s commercialisation strategy for its bioactive materials has been to pursue a sales and marketing licensing model with crop protection companies and distributors, whilst continuing to manufacture the active materials in-house. Calix commenced this process in 2017 and today marks a significant milestone with the execution of this agreement with Afepasa.

Calix’s key milestones in the BOOSTER-Mag commercialisation process are:

  1. Initiate contact with the world’s largest crop protection companies (22 engaged)
  2. If high level BOOSTER-Mag results already achieved are of interest – put in place Confidentiality Agreements and disclose more detailed data (12 in place)
  3. If a counter-party wishes to progress commercial and technical negotiation – invest in their own due diligence (DD) trials – put in place Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) to cover Intellectual Property terms and conditions to protect Calix’s interests as well as agreed trial scope and protocols (4 in place)
  4. Proceed to license distribution arrangements (1 now in place – covering Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Manuel Montano, Managing Director of Afepasa, said: “For over 125 years, Afepasa have supplied sulphur fertilisers and products for the sustainable control of crop pests and diseases.  Calix’s bioactive magnesium hydroxide has the potential to be a powerful and highly complementary addition to our mineral fertiliser and crop protection portfolio.”

Phil Hodgson, Managing Director of Calix, said: “Development of new agricultural products takes time and significant investment. As a result it is very pleasing to have reached this significant milestone through partnering with a company of the reach and experience of Afepasa. We look forward to working with them to deliver the full potential of this application.”

Sales Activities Update – Australia, New Zealand and Asia

Following the completion of the financial year, Calix is pleased to provide some commentary on some of its sales activities. With other project and grant income included, Calix expects to report an increase in revenues for the full year when its audited accounts are released to the ASX on 27th August.

PROTECTA-Mag

In Australia and New Zealand our PROTECTA-Mag business, which experienced a slow half-year to December 2018, picked up somewhat in the second half of FY19, albeit without expected revenues from some planned major works with a major utility. The timing associated with when this utility will re-commence its sewer protection program remains unclear.

ACTI-Mag

Calix’s ACTI-Mag business in Australia, which grew over 40% in H1, FY18/19 compared to H1, FY17/18, maintained market share in H2 FY 18/19 despite continued aggressive competitive pricing, impacting the Company’s local margins. Overall, Australia / New Zealand sales experienced a challenging year.

AQUA-Cal+

In Asia, Calix’s emerging aquaculture water treatment product, AQUA-Cal+, continues to expand in China, with four more containers ordered before the end of the financial year – bringing the total this financial year to 12 containers, versus 1 last financial year. Overall, AQUA-Cal+ looks to have tripled sales over the previous financial year and will move into our “commercial” products line from the “developing” product line in FY 19/20. Our ACTI-Mag business into biogas in Asia is going a little slower than plan, due to some challenging logistics of supporting trials in remote areas, but headway is being made with 4 trials currently underway, on top of the two regular customers secured over the last 12 months.

The growth in Asia has triggered a move to formalise agreements with Calix’s distributors in Malaysia (Maha Chemicals Sdn Bhd, covering Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand) and Hong Kong (Honlex Jones, covering Greater China and Indonesia).

Calix is pleased to have executed these formal agreements which include total minimum sales hurdles over the next three years of 790 tonnes, 1,178 tonnes and 1,800 tonnes respectively. The agreements reflect the move from “pre-commercial” development of AQUA-Cal+ into a developed commercial product, as well as building ACTI-Mag volumes, and follow on from initial total sales in to Asia of 190 tonnes in FY17/18, and 400 tonnes in FY18/19.

About Calix

Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges.

The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

Because there’s only one Earth – Mars is for Quitters.

Calix seeks funding to make global shipping carbon-negative

Sydney, Australia – Calix, a multi-award-winning Australian technology company, is applying its core technology platform to make global shipping carbon-negative.

Maritime transport emits around one billion tonnes of CO2 annually, which is about 2.5 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

In line with its drive to reduce CO2 emissions, the European Union (EU) called for a global approach to curbing emissions and commenced mandatory emission reporting for all large ships using EU ports from 2018.

Dr Brian Sweeney, business development manager,  Calix, said “Current International Maritime Organisation (IMO) plans will reduce emissions by 50 per cent. Calix is developing a system with the potential to eliminate the rest.”

Calix has developed a process called RECAST that would reduce CO2 emissions by capturing sulphur and CO2 on the ship. RECAST uses a dry exhaust gas scrubber with zero emissions lime, which absorbs more than 85 per cent of the CO2, and most of the sulphur, and recovers the heat of absorption to add around 40 per cent to the ship’s range, increasing the ship’s efficiency.

Dr Sweeney said, “If RECAST technology were applied to the 25 per cent of high-mileage ships that use 80 per cent of global bunker fuel, our initial estimates indicate the reduction in emissions would make the total world maritime fleet carbon-negative.”

To achieve this, the lime used in a RECAST scrubber must be manufactured in a shore-based Calix process lime producer, which captures the CO2 from the raw limestone. This technology is now being demonstrated at scale in Belgium as part of the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) Project, a Calix-led European-Australian collaboration.

Dr Sweeney said, “Initial estimates suggest RECAST could cost less than US$50 per tonne of CO2 emissions saved, making it cost-effective as well as safe and reliable. Calix is currently seeking funding to develop RECAST.

“This is another example of how Calix technology can be used to address global challenges. The world is seeing a number of challenges right now that can only be solved through creative thinking and innovation. Calix continues to be highly-focused on researching and developing solutions that contribute to making a difference to issues such as carbon emissions.”

About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Website at www.calix.com.au

Calix awarded Global Connections Fund grant for work on new pathway for treatment of diseases

Sydney, Australia – Calix, a multi-award-winning Australian technology company, has been awarded a Global Connections Fund grant for work on a new pathway for the treatment of diseases. Calix will partner with the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Greece to target the development of a non-toxic powder effective against a wide range of pathogens without generating resistance.

The Global Connections Fund forms part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy, which seeks to create more jobs and drive Australia’s economic growth by advancing Australian ideas and assisting in the commercialisation process. This program is administered by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering with the support of its expert Academy Fellows network.

A collaboration with Principal Researcher Dr George Karagiannakis at CERTH was established to test whether Calix’s nano-active magnesium oxide (MgO) produced with very high surface area, was a source of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

ROS generation in animals and plants leads to a mechanism considered as the first defence to combat most diseases that originate from pathogenic anaerobic microorganisms. CERTH uses spin-trap electron paramagnetic resonance to quantify ROS.

Dr Mark Sceats, Chief Scientist of Calix and a Fellow of the Academy said, “The results confirmed that Calix’s nano-active MgO is a source of ROS and, furthermore, a higher dose of ROS was generated as the particle was dissolved in weak acids. This implies that direct application could be effective against disease, because acids exuded by the pathogens will trigger a burst of ROS when the particle meets the pathogen.”

Calix has dubbed this mechanism the “ROS bombTM” for pathogen suppression.

The grant will help Calix further investigate this, and then set up a broad Australian-European collaboration with CERTH to explore its use in combating diseases.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “We live in an era where pathogens are becoming more resistant to our current means of protecting ourselves and our agriculture. There is a demand for products that treat diseases in humans, animals, and plants, bypassing the use of expensive, toxic antibiotics to which many diseases have become resistant. We believe that Calix could have a material and a process that could help solve this global challenge.”

Calix BOOSTER-Mag accepted into Food Innovation Australia Limited’s ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations’ Book

Sydney, Australia – Calix BOOSTER-Mag has been accepted into the third edition of Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) book, ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations,’ which showcases 50 diverse innovations that span the entire food value chain.

FIAL is an industry-led, government funded initiative that works to grow Australia’s food and agribusiness industry through innovation and collaboration.

BOOSTER-Mag has been manufactured using Calix’s mineral processing technology, Calix Flash Calcination (CFC), which produces unique, high-activity, and non-toxic minerals that are proving to be bio-active against common plant pests and pathogens.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “Global concern regarding the adverse environmental, production, and consumer impacts of chemical use in the agronomy sector is driving rapid change. Calix saw an opportunity to apply its CFC technology to pest and disease control in agriculture.

“The ability of bio-active minerals to inhibit common plant diseases and insect pests had already been established and reported. However, high production costs, the inability to manufacture at scale, and health and environmental concerns regarding nano-sized particles had prevented their use in agriculture. Despite these challenges, Calix knew it had the innovation, technological capacity, and scientific knowhow to develop safe and effective bio-active mineral products competitively.”

Following multiple trials in the lab and field, Calix developed BOOSTER-Mag as a low-cost, safe pest and disease control product. An Australian government ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’ grant let Calix undertake independent assessments to validate the product’s safety and effectiveness. The product can easily be applied via conventional farm equipment and, unlike many development products, BOOSTER-Mag can already be manufactured at commercial scale. A clear point of difference to other pest and disease control products is that BOOSTER-Mag’s magnesium base is an important contributor to plant health.

Phil Hodgson said, “BOOSTER-Mag is already being applied at full-farm scale by commercial growers and has the potential to minimise and, in some cases, even eliminate the use of conventional pesticides. It is also demonstrating reduced grower production costs without compromising yield and quality.”

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix moves forward with IPO to raise A$8 million

Sydney, Australia – Multi-award-winning Australian technology company, Calix, is moving ahead with its initial public offering (IPO) after lodging its Prospectus with the ASIC on June 25, 2018. The Prospectus relates to an IPO of approximately 15.1 million shares by Calix at an offer price of A$0.53 per share, raising gross proceeds of A$8 million with market capitalisation on listing of A$65 million.

At the core of Calix’s business is a world-first, patented, Australian platform technology that reinvents the calcination (kiln) process. Calix has invested more than A$50 million in capital to date to develop and commercialise its technology, together with being awarded in excess of A$36 million in grant funding and rebates.

Calix’s technology produces new materials and processes, targeted at solving significant global challenges such as CO2 capture, waste water treatment and phosphate removal, protecting sewer assets from corrosion, and improving food production from aquaculture and agriculture with reduced anti-biotic, fungicide and pesticide use. Calix commercialises these new materials and processes via a variety of business models including direct sales of products, licensed distributor sales, and licensing of the technology.

Calix’s CEO Phil Hodgson said, “We have made significant commercial progress since bringing our first products to market in 2013 and we have successfully built a global business that is over 20 per cent owned by our staff. We have operations, customers and distribution partners across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe, with product trials starting in the United States.”

Calix decided to list on the ASX to provide funding for its growth strategy including: enhancing the efficiency of its existing production facilities to drive margin expansion; expanding its sales and marketing capabilities to increase revenues and enter new markets; continuing specific R&D projects; providing working capital; providing liquidity for its shares; and gaining the benefits of an increased profile as a listed entity.

In an external market report produced for Calix, global research organisation Frost & Sullivan estimated that the addressable global market opportunity is approximately A$62 billion for Calix’s commercialised product portfolio, approximately A$11 billion for the pre-commercial products, and in excess of A$20 billion for its advanced R&D projects.

While early in its commercialisation strategy, Calix is cash-flow positive and has achieved a compound annual revenue growth for its core products of 41.8 per cent between 2015 and 2017, with revenue growth of 34.2 per cent achieved in the first half of the 2018 financial year (as compared to the first half of the 2017 financial year).

The company also has a development pipeline for additional applications of its technology platform, which are supported by grants in Australia and Europe, including advanced batteries and decarbonisation of lime and cement.

Phil Hodgson said, “As a cash-flow positive business with multiple products and applications being developed across multiple industries, we look forward to using the IPO proceeds to continue and accelerate the commercialisation of Calix’s products and technology platform.”

The IPO is the subject of a prospectus, a copy of which can be obtained via Calix’s website. Eligible investors will need to complete an application form accompanying the prospectus to participate in the IPO, and should consider the prospectus before deciding whether or not to participate in the IPO.

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australian technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture with reduced antibiotic, fungicide, and pesticide use.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix introduces $1 a day manhole maintenance for local councils

Sydney, Australia – Calix has announced its $1 a day manhole maintenance for local councils to address the need to maintain these assets. Many Australian councils and water utilities recognise corrosion of concrete as a major and expensive wastewater management issue, threatening a growing number of sewer assets.

According to Calix, Australia’s $40 billion of concrete sewage infrastructure, if left untreated, could corrode away in eight years from sulphide attacks as they are highly prone to corrosion.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “Maintaining assets, such as manholes, is a huge undertaking for local councils. While it may be considered a priority, there is not always the budget to appropriately cover inspections, protective coating, and the administration associated with the asset maintenance. This means that, often, manholes can be left unchecked.

“To address this need, Calix is introducing a new program where we maintain these assets for councils for just $1 a day per manhole for 10 years. This removes the requirement to set aside large budgets upfront for rehabilitation and removes the risk that the manholes deteriorate because there aren’t funds available.”

Calix developed a purpose-built, vehicle-mounted rig that sprays PROTECTA-Mag, a specialised magnesium hydroxide coating product developed by Calix for long-lasting corrosion protection, in sewage manholes. With its vertical spray operation, the assets can be quickly, safely, and cost effectively protected from acid corrosion. Work is carried out without stopping the sewer flow and without the need for confined space entry.

PROTECTA-Mag has already been used to rehabilitate more than 300 corroded manholes across Australia and New Zealand.

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix enters the race for grid-scale storage batteries

Sydney, Australia – In support of large-scale renewable energy storage, Calix has announced that it will use and adapt its patented Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) Technology for Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) under a new three-year project called SOlar Calcium-looping integRAtion for ThermoChemical Energy Storage (SOCRATCES). The project was recently awarded €5m in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 scheme.

The SOCRATCES project, which commenced in January 2018, will develop a TCES prototype plant using CFC technology. Calix is one of 15 participants in the SOCRATCES consortium, led by the University of Seville, that brings together organisations in Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Italy, Greece and Germany.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “The worldwide transition from fossil-fuel power stations to renewable sources of power generation is occurring rapidly, with large investments in renewable energy delivering impressive results. However, one of the great challenges facing a system with a high share of renewable energy is that supply does not always match demand.

“The inherent variability of large-scale deployment of renewables can be addressed by grid-scale batteries: energy storage systems that supply power when required, and store energy when it is not. Such systems need to be reliable and cost-effective to support the new situation facing electricity grids across the world. Calix’s technology is uniquely placed to provide innovative solutions for energy storage.”

TCES stores energy by using a chemical process, such as using heat to break limestone into lime and CO2, and regenerating the energy later by reversing the process, such as re-combining lime and CO2 to produce heat. The demand for TCES is to balance power grids so that the excess energy production from renewable energy sources, such as solar, can be stored and later released to the grid when required.

The project will demonstrate the use of solar energy to convert limestone into lime and CO2 in a CFC reactor, and then generate power from the heat released by the reverse process. This reaction uses limestone, which is a very common, low-cost mineral, and has close to the highest thermal energy storage capacity known (in GJ/tonne). The application of the CFC to lime and cement is being demonstrated in Calix’s LEILAC project, and the primary task of the consortium is to integrate the CFC reactor into a TCES plant.

A small-scale prototype plant will be built to demonstrate the system in 2019. This will be used to validate this method of energy storage, reduce the core risks, understand and optimise the system, assess the efficiencies that may be obtained at scale, undertake a lifecycle cost analysis, and provide learnings for a rapid scale-up of the technology.

Phil Hodgson said, “Calix’s contribution to TCES should prove to be an economical and reliable method of supporting widespread renewable deployment. Ultimately, it could improve the way we generate, use, and deliver electricity.”

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

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