September 12, 2017
The company which stops Sydney's sewers from stinking too much is sniffing out an ASX listing in the next 12 months.
Calix made $3.6 million in 2016-17 selling a compound which it claims is neutralising sulphuric acid in 90 per cent of Sydney's wastewater pipes, not only stopping concrete corrosion but the production of gas which unchecked would "stink unbearably", according to managing director Phil Hodgson.
Different applications of the compound are also balancing acidity in Filipino prawn farms, and stopping the spread of fungus and pests in Tasmanian tomato crops.
The global need to reduce CO2 is clear, however Europe and the UK are steamrolling Australia when it comes to acting, according to Calix, a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.
Dr Mark Sceats, executive director & chief scientist, Calix, said, “CO2 reduction is a global problem that will impact future generations if it is not addressed on a global scale. In Europe, for example, discussions with engineers centre on getting on with addressing CO2 reduction. In Australia, there is still seems to be an ongoing debate about whether human greenhouse gas emissions are impacting the environment at all, which is a waste of time and energy, and is stymieing innovation and action.
“More than 10 years ago, Calix found that advancing our CO2 capture technology in Australia just wasn’t possible because there wasn’t demand for it here. We therefore moved the research and development to Europe and the UK, where there was more interest in advancing it, so that we could be in a better position to solve this global challenge.”
Calix engineers and scientists are leading the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (LEILAC) project, as a European-Australian collaboration, which includes a consortium of some of the world’s largest cement, lime, and engineering companies, as well as leading research and environmental institutions.
Calix has also won funding from both the UK (DECC) and EU (ASCENT Project) to develop Calix's ENDEX Reactor Technology, which introduces significant new options for energy generation organisations seeking to reduce CO2 emissions.
According to Calix, Australian companies are starting to get on board.
Dr Mark Sceats said, “The 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement, of which Australia is a part, was a turning point for Australian businesses. There is no doubt companies are looking at the future and their investments with a careful eye on CO2 emissions reductions. They are assessing the risks, and the highest risk can be to do nothing because there will eventually be a significant price on CO2 emissions. It is also timely for the government to step in to accelerate the uptake of new, low emissions technologies”.
“It takes a long time for the ship of innovation to change course to address large issues, such as CO2 emissions, but it is in the interests of every nation to do so.”
The recent OECD report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" shows that integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy increases the average GDP of G20 economies by 5% compared to current policies.
Dr Mark Sceats said, “Calix has been working hard for the last 10 years to take a technology from a concept and scale it up to a commercial scale, as we successfully seek to provide a range of industries with very cost-effective, low-carbon, production options. That has been done in Australia for magnesite processes, and is being done in Europe for lime and cement. Our next challenge is to couple our technology to renewable energy to make zero and negative emissions products. This work has now started, and is progressing rapidly.”
6 December 2016
Cement production is the third-most polluting industry in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, behind chemicals/petrochemicals and iron and steel.
Last month the University of East Anglia published research that claimed an average of 42 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the creation of cement were actually recouped from the atmosphere once the concrete is in situ.
This is good news, if true, but work is still needed to reduce the carbon footprint of cement in order to prevent disastrous global warming, and the opportunity exists to turn cement from climate change villain to climate change hero by making it carbon negative – that is, absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than was used to produce it.
This article examines the nature of cement and concrete, ways to reduce the impact of its present production processes, and novel substitutes and means of production that, if successful at scale, will eradicate greenhouse gas emissions from its lifecycle.
All in all, this adds up to around 63 ways to cut the global warming impact of cement.
15 September 2016
Calix Limited accessed the Australian Synchrotron through the NISA scheme to investigate the properties of its nano-active powdered minerals – prepared through a patented process for a range of health, agricultural, energy and water management uses – to correlate changes in the nanoscale structure to observed improved product performance.
Analysis using the Small and Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS/WAXS) beamline identified the unique structures of Calix’s minerals, at a characteristic length scale of about six nanometres, and showed that the structures’ total surface area, including pores and internal chambers, changed in a predictable and controllable manner during production.
The research confirmed Calix’ patented techniques provide consistent and reliable production control over the nano-structures and confirm a measurement technique that can be used to correlate the nanostructures in the particles to the observed bioactivity of Calix products, aiding the development of powdered products to limit the spread of pathogens across biologically-sensitive industries in a way that is safe to humans and animals.
28 July 2016
Calix is pleased to announce execution of an MOU regarding joint development of its Myrtle Springs operation with Archer Exploration Limited (www.archerexploration.com.au, ASX: AXE).
The non-binding MOU outlines the broad terms under which the parties will work together towards a binding Supply Agreement that will enable Archer to move more quickly to develop its business, whilst at the same time provide Calix with mining synergies.
26 April 2016
Cement makers have long been criticised for being heavy industrial polluters, but now a consortium of international firms is building a new kind of plant in Belgium which they say could capture more than 95% of CO2 emissions from lime and cement manufacturing.
This new “direct separation” technology adds potentially no additional energy costs and can slash the environmental impact of an industry that is responsible for 5% of global carbon emissions, participants in the pilot claim.
Part-funded by the European Union (EU), the plant will be built at the HeidelbergCement site in Lixhe, Belgium once necessary permits have been secured, and will then undergo two years of extensive testing.
The project is being led by an industry grouping called the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement consortium (LEILAC), which includes HeidelbergCement of Germany, Mexico’s Cemex, UK materials firm Tarmac and Calix, an Australian mineral-processing and carbon capture technology company.