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Welcome to Issue 19 of the Calix Newsletter.

The high pace of activity of the first half of the year has continued into the second half, with our different business streams hitting several key milestones over the last few months.

 

Our cover photo celebrates the significant achievement of our BOOSTER-MagTM registration in the Philippines, following extensive testing by the Department of Agriculture  and the Philippine Rice Institute. The registration clears the way to commence sales and we are very excited on the what the next 12 months will bring with this revolutionary product.


Our PROTECTA-MagTM business for manholes, wet wells and sewage treatment plant infrastructure, launched in January this year, is accelerating rapidly, with multiple council orders following our live demonstration at the Water Industry Operators Association conference in Bendigo.


Our A$30m LEILAC project in Europe recently passed a key milestone, where the General Assembly of our consortium, which includes HeidelbergCement, Cemex, and Lhoist, approved the progression to full Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) stage for Calix’s Direct Separation pilot reactor.


Our R&D effort continues to develop new potential applications for our unique technology, with a
new patent application on our core reactor technology, and exciting new work with the Australian
Synchrotron demonstrating the unique nano-active properties of our materials.


And we have achieved some other significant milestones; renewing our ISO9001 registration, reaching the finals (for the second year) of the NSW Export Awards, and being invited as a judge on the Australian Technology Awards (having won the top award last year).


I hope you enjoy reading about our significant progress in this Newsletter.

Phil Hodgson, Managing Director & CEO

RECENT MILESTONES

IMPROVING BUSINESS PROCESSES AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT WITH ISO 9001.

 

Calix Limited is proud to announce the successful continuation of certification of our quality management system to the ISO 9001:2008 international quality standard. 

 

BSI Group has certified Calix Limited as meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001: 2008 standard for Process development, manufacture and delivery of magnesium and mineral based products. The certification audits were performed across the Calix production sites in Bacchus Marsh Victoria and Molendinar QLD by BSI Group according to their certification and surveillance audit process.


Certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard is a proactive step to meet the high demands of our customers, which will build confidence in Calix as a preferred supplier with consistent, high quality, cutting edge nano-active mineral products. 

 

Our team have been operating under the guidelines of the ISO 9001:2008 standard, however Calix also recognises and is working towards accreditation to the updated ISO 9001:2015 standard over the next 12 months.

 

“Quality is key when it comes to success. It is critical to our customers, to our reputation and to our ability to grow. To build a stronger presence in the market, Calix needs to consistently deliver to a high standard of quality the products and services we offer.”

 

The certification of the Calix Quality Management System to the standard demonstrates the company commitment at all levels to high quality products, customer satisfaction and tailored solutions for our customers. This certification recognises that the policy, practices and procedures of Calix Limited are consistent with best practices in quality management, quality assurance, quality control and product development.


To maintain the certification, BSI will perform annual surveillance audits to ensure compliance of our systems with the standard, and that Calix is performing continuous improvements to our products and systems that enable us to deliver great products to our customers.

   LEILAC Project Update

COMPLETION OF THE PRELIMINARY FRONT END ENGINEERING DESIGN (PRE-FEED) PHASE.

 

The LEILAC project (Low Emissions Intensity Lime & Cement) - the ground-breaking project to demonstrate an innovative carbon capture technology for the cement and lime sector – has just passed a major milestone. It has completed the Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) phase of the project, successfully and on time, and the project will now enter the full FEED phase.


The 5-year LEILAC project, supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to apply Calix’s Direct Separation technology to cement and lime plants, and validate the resulting process demands and performance. This technology should enable both the cement and lime industries to capture their unavoidable process carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for minimal energy penalty (just compression) and at comparable capital costs to conventional emitting equipment.


Throughout the pre-FEED a number of initial design evaluation and performance studies have been successfully undertaken for the pilot plant, with the aim of reducing the major scale-up risks. A detailed Basis of Design (BoD) of the pilot plant was created, fulfilling all of the requirements of the project. The
exact site of the LEILAC pilot unit within the host plant at Lixhe has also been agreed and tie-in points identified. In addition to a recommendation on the design option for development, costs for the pilot’s construction have been evaluated to within a ±30% level of accuracy.


The next phase will see the development of a detailed design of the pilot and its equipment, along with its integration into the HeidelbergCement cement plant at Lixhe, Belgium. The process for construction of the plant will be determined and a full tender process initiated to generate ±15% cost estimate for approval. This will underpin the Final Investment Decision in mid-2017.


Phil Hodgson, Calix MD and CEO and Chairman of the LEILAC Executive Board commented:


This announcement marks a significant milestone and further demonstrates the momentum which is building around the LEILAC project. The completion of the pre-FEED has been achieved in line with the project schedule and is testament to the strong level of collaboration which has been cultivated between the consortium partners, who have all worked together to make significant progress on this breakthrough
project.”

 

We are really encouraged with the progress we have made since announcing the launch of the project in January 2016 and are looking forward to pushing ahead on the next phase with the aim of completing our FEED study in 2017.”


For more information: www.project-leilac.com.eu

PROTECTA-MagTM

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROTECTA-MAGTM SPRAY COATING ON MANHOLES WERE A REAL SUCCESS AT THE WIOA CONFERENCE IN BENDIGO.

 

Calix sprayed six sewer manholes located around the building of the 79th Victorian Water Industry Operations (WIOA) Conference, drawing the curiosity of dozens of water industry personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of sewer related infrastructure.

 

Australia’s sewer infrastructure is deteriorating much faster than councils and utility owners can fund to fix. For many years, the entry points to the sewers have tended to be neglected in favour of a focus on sewer mains concerns. With the low cost of PROTECTA-Mag’sTM manhole application, councils now have a way to manage these assets with their limited budgets.

 

 

Corrosion of concrete sewer systems is an increasing global problem, threatening around an estimated US $120 trillion of infrastructure in today’s replacement dollars.


Septic sewage gives rise to production of hydrogen sulphide (H2S), which is released as hydrogen sulphide gas, also commonly known as “rotten egg gas”. H2will corrode some metals. It can also be further converted to sulphuric acid on the sewer walls by bacteria, leading to the attack of cementious products. The bacterial conversion of H2gas delivers sulphuric acid to the internal surfaces of the sewer structures. This sulphuric acid reacts with the alkaline cement in concrete and the resulting corrosion severely weakens the structure.


A single PROTECTA-MagTM coating can add several years of additional service life to a sewer asset, while avoiding a costly and time-consuming clean-up and emergency asset replacement in the future. 

 

Although there are a few available options for manhole protection and rehabilitation, such as epoxy coating, they are high-priced, difficult to apply, and prone to failure at the slightest defect in surface preparation.


PROTECTA-Mag™ can be applied without stopping sewer flow, and provides an enduring high pH surface coating for concrete sewer infrastructure, preventing corrosion of manholes, wet wells, parts of sewer treatment plants and large diameter sewer pipes. PROTECTA-Mag™ is safe, environmentally friendly, and
cost effective.

 

Did you miss our demo at WIOA Bendigo?
Watch the video on our YouTube Channel

 

R&D Update

CALIX IS WORKING ON INNOVATIVE NEW MATERIALS THAT MAY ONE DAY CONTRIBUTE TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH FOR THE WORLD’S GROWING POPULATION.

 

The opportunities for our nano-active magnesium oxide products keep expanding as we get deeper insights from trials in dosing, agriculture, aquaculture and water treatment, which have all revealed a strong bio-activity. These results have been augmented from basic research into the structure of the products to reveal the origin of the bio-activity.

 

Recently, we completed a series of tests at the Australian Synchrotron that revealed that our production process can closely control the nano-structures in the materials. In another set of trials, our optimised material proved effective against a “superbug” bacterium. These successes suggest that we can tune our material to be effective against pathogens that are major problems in food and health applications, with a new optimised prototype product.

 

'Our processes create products that are micron-sized but, crucially, maintain the same bioactivity against pathogens as nanoparticles of the same composition. At between 2 to 50 microns in size, we call these ‘nanoactive’ particles because they have all the benefits of nanoparticles, without the cost and handling issues associated with nanopowders.’ comments Dr Mark Sceats, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Calix.


Armed with new confidence in the reliability of our patented Calix Flash Calcining (CFC) process, there is every reason to believe our reactor technology can be used to make a wide class of nano-functional products on a commercial scale.’

 

The great advantage of this new product that we are calling ULTRA-Mag™ is that it appears to have a broad spectrum contact activity against anaerobic pathogens, yet show no impact on the eukaryotic cells that characterise animals, including humans and fish, and plants. Moving into food and health will require Calix to undertake a more sophisticated approach to testing for registration and despite the time and cost, we will undertake this work as the prognosis is very promising and the potential impact very high – we will keep you informed. 

s our demo at WIOA

   For a full version of the Australian Synchrotron case study, click here

Bendigo 

Introducing

VINCENT NGUYEN - MAINTENANCE & PROJECTS MANAGER

 

Vincent joined Calix in 2010 to assist with the construction and commissioning of the CFC850 Pilot plant after having completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Business Finance. Vincent assisted with the establishment and development of the Bacchus Marsh site which saw him through the years take on several roles including Site engineer, Site HSE co-ordinator, Project Engineer, Maintenance Engineer and now Maintenance and Projects Manager.

 

Vincent was intimately involved with the construction of the CFC15000 and also managed the construction of the first MHL batching plant at Bacchus Marsh. On top of being responsible for day to day maintenance activities at Bacchus Marsh, Vincent is also heavily involved with engineering projects, process  improvement projects and safety initiatives.


Outside of Calix Vincent had also owned and operated a traditional martial arts club where he was one of the youngest individuals to achieve ‘Master’ rank. Vincent and wife Tuyet have also recently joyfully announced the arrival of their little girl Willow.