Calix has appointed Alison Deans as a Non-Executive Director to its board of directors, and announced the upcoming retirement of Non-Executive Director, Dr Jack Hamilton.
Ms Deans’ appointment continues the board’s proactive approach to board succession and renewal, ensuring the size and composition of the board is appropriate to support the continued delivery of Calix’s growth strategies, and best practice governance standards.
Ms Deans’ brings extensive experience leading and building technology-enabled businesses across ecommerce, media, financial services and health, and in leadership roles as a senior executive, a non-executive director and chair, as well as venture capital experience.
Ms Deans is currently Chair of Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), Non-Executive Director at Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC), and Non-Executive Director at Deputy Group Pty Ltd. Ms Deans is also a member of the Investment Committee at Main Sequence Ventures (CSIRO’s innovation fund) and a Member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee. Ms Deans’ previous directorships include Westpac Banking Corporation, Insurance Australia Group Limited and Social Ventures Australia.
In her executive career, Ms Deans was previously the CEO of eBay Australia and New Zealand, CEO of eCorp Limited (a publicly listed portfolio of digital businesses), CEO of Hoyts Cinemas, CEO of netus Pty Ltd (a technology investment company acquired by Fairfax), and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master of Arts (Physics) from Cambridge University.
In welcoming Ms Deans, Calix Chair of the board of directors, Peter Turnbull said, “I am delighted to welcome Alison to the Calix board. Her depth and breadth of experience as a non-executive director and impressive experience leading technology-enabled businesses will be of significant benefit to the board, the company and its growth ambitions.
“The decarbonisation of industry in the pursuit of a net zero economy is one of the greatest global challenges. Calix’s technology solutions, particularly those aimed at solving global challenges in industrial decarbonisation, are well placed to capitalise on these strong and growing market tailwinds.
“Alison’s appointment is a reflection of Calix’s growth trajectory, and potential for significant impact and value creation in the future.”
Ms Deans said, “Calix brings together a rare combination of world-leading Australian technology, enormous market potential, an inspiring purpose, and a capable, entrepreneurial and values-driven team.
“I look forward to working with the board and the executive team towards realising the potential of Calix’s technology to address significant global challenges, including the decarbonisation of heavy industries.”
Following the appointment of Ms Deans as a Non-Executive Director, Dr Jack Hamilton is retiring from the Calix board of directors, effective 8 March 2023. Dr Hamilton’s considerable experience, both executive and non-executive, has been pivotal to Calix achieving its growth milestones to date. Calix thanks Dr Hamilton sincerely for his service, focus, availability and wise counsel.
Mr Turnbull said, “On behalf of the board and the whole Calix team, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Jack Hamilton for his substantial and valuable contribution over many years. Calix has achieved a great deal during Jack’s tenure on the board and we all wish him well in the future.”
Non-Executive Director, Dr Hamilton said, “It has been an honour to work with a great team to bring an Australian technology successfully to the world stage over the past 10 years. The Calix technology platform is positioned to make a significant contribution to decarbonise many of our hard-to-abate essential industrial processes. As well as positively impacting other environmental areas such as electrification, water, agriculture and marine.
“I look forward to watching the Calix team continue to realise the Company’s potential over the coming years.”
Calix Limited is pleased to announce that a project led by Windship Technology Limited in partnership with Leilac, Calix’s 93% owned subsidiary focused on the decarbonisation of cement and lime, has been awarded £5m (~AU$8.7m) by Innovate UK to demonstrate a novel, low-cost route to zero carbon shipping.
The Project combines renewably powered propulsion and a lime-based carbon capture solution for remaining emissions from conventional diesel engines. As part of the funding, Leilac will receive a grant of £1m (~AU$1.75m1) to demonstrate the delivery of lime to an exhaust gas scrubber for CO2 capture.
In welcoming the announcement, Calix Managing Director and CEO, Phil Hodgson said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Windship, with the support of the UK Government, to develop a novel decarbonisation approach that combines highly innovative technologies developed in Australia and the UK.”
Windship Technology CEO, Graham Harvey said,
“We are absolutely delighted with this funding for ourselves and our project partners. Given the significant financial support announced today, the Department for Transport and Innovate UK believe this technology can be a key driver in the clean shipping revolution, and we are proud to be playing our part in the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.”
Windship and Leilac are partnering to develop an innovative wind propulsion and carbon capture system that has the potential to offer a low-cost route to low and zero emissions shipping. Together, Windship and Leilac’s technologies can enable approximately 50% of the ships power to be provided by renewable energy and emissions from the remaining conventional fuel requirements captured by zero emissions lime. Integration of the carbon capture system with the ship’s engines can enable waste heat recovery from the capture reaction, further reducing fuel demand. This unique combination of technologies has the potential to deliver a highly economical approach to elimination of emissions from shipping.
Windships’ auxiliary power systems use wind propulsion provided by wind rigs, each of which consist of three vertically arranged solid sails. The innovative design provides high-power density and a low centre of effort, and therefore minimal impact on vessel stability. Three triple wing installations can provide sufficient thrust to sail an 80,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) ship without requiring engine power for 60-70% of the journey along typical trade wind routes, dramatically reducing CO2 emissions compared with standard operating conditions.
For manoeuvring in port, handling in storm conditions or for when wind power cannot be guaranteed, ships must also be fitted with engines. Whilst in future these engines may run off zero emissions fuels, the existing fleet is expected to continue to use diesel for several decades.
Windship systems can be installed on vessels with a flat deck above their cargo, including tankers, bulkers, and LNG tankers.
Lime is a highly effective sorbent for the capture of CO2 and can be used in a carbon capture system for the abatement of emissions from conventional diesel engines. For this solution to provide a net reduction or elimination of emissions, the lime used for capture must be produced with low or zero carbon emissions, using shore-based decarbonisation of the lime.
Leilac’s patented technology can produce low emissions lime by efficiently capturing the unavoidable process CO2 emissions released from limestone, without additional chemicals or processes. Leilac’s technology is compatible with clean energy sources, such as hydrogen and electricity, and also alternative fuels, enabling flexible and economical pathways for the production of zero emissions lime and cement. Leilac’s technology is proven at pilot scale, including through its pilot plant, Leilac-1, that has been in operation since 2019 with a capture capacity of 25,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. A demonstration plant, which aims to prove a low-cost module with a capture capacity of 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year is due to open in 2024, paving the way for commercialisation of the technology at any scale.
For shipping, the decarbonised lime will be transferred to the relevant marine vessel, where the shipborne carbon capture process is applied. This system is compatible with a wide range of ship types, including tankers, container ships and cruise liners. It is retrofittable, fuel agnostic, and can be simply scaled to meet the decarbonisation ambitions of each ship. The adoption of lime as a sorbent for ships can also significantly expand the market for low and zero emissions lime.
Noting the benefits of research and development already undertaken by the cement and lime industries, Leilac CEO, Daniel Rennie said,
“This project marks a significant step in developing a potential route for the efficient and low-cost decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Marine shipping is a particularly hard-to-abate sector, and the very strong synergies that can be made from leveraging the large-scale industrial decarbonisation efforts in the lime and cement industries – combined with the innovative renewable approach by Windship – is an exciting development.”
Dr Hodgson continued, “Calcium looping for carbon capture with low emissions lime is an exciting application with significant potential, and we look forward to developing this technology further with the support of our partners.”
The Project, led by Windship Technology Limited, will use a new patented solid wing sail technology in conjunction with a lime carbon capture system to demonstrate a route to zero emissions for ships fitted with conventional diesel engines. The Project aims to demonstrate the low-cost potential of the proposed decarbonisation solution for shipping and pave the way for zero emissions lime to be used for reducing or eliminating emissions from conventional diesel-powered vessels.
The key objective of the Project is to design, develop, build and demonstrate a novel drive train system consisting of a single powerful wind propulsion device, working together with a trial carbon capture system to pave the route to zero emission propulsion for bulkers and tankers. This will be installed and trialled on a 15,000DWT bulker. The shipborne carbon capture system will ultimately be designed to use highly reactive low emissions intensity lime, produced in an on-shore Leilac reactor, to capture CO2 from the ship’s exhaust gases.
International shipping is responsible for ~2% of global CO2 emissions. The International Maritime Organization has an objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050, compared with a 2008 baseline. Accounting for the projected growth of the shipping industry during this time, achieving this goal will require a reduction in emissions of ~80% based on current levels.
Future development and adoption of sustainable transport fuels, such as hydrogen or methanol, together with the required supporting infrastructure, may enable low carbon fuel alternatives for the shipping industry.
When methanol produced with renewable energy and captured CO2 from industry is used as a fuel, such as in the process described in the recent HyGATE project announcement, of which Calix is a consortium member, the combination with the technology being developed by this Project can deliver net negative emissions from shipping.
The Project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3 (CMDC3), which was announced in September 2022, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. As part of the CMDC3, the Department allocated £60m to 19 flagship projects supported by 92 UK organisations to deliver real world demonstration R&D projects in clean maritime solutions. Projects will take place in multiple locations around the UK from as far north as the Shetland Isles and as far south as Cornwall.
The CMDC3 is part of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emission’s (UK SHORE) flagship multi-year CMDC programme. In March 2022, the Department announced the biggest government investment ever in our UK commercial maritime sector, allocating £206m to UK SHORE, a new division within the Department for Transport focused on decarbonising the maritime sector. UK SHORE is delivering a suite of interventions throughout 2022-2025 aimed at accelerating the design, manufacture and operation of UK-made clean maritime technologies and unlocking an industry-led transition to Net Zero.
 Based on an exchange rate of 1GBP = 1.75 AUD, as at 15 February 2023
 Calix part of consortium awarded funding to manufacture sustainable fuels from captured CO₂
Calix is pleased to announce it is a member of an Australian-German consortium that aims to develop the production of sustainable fuels from renewable energy, green hydrogen and captured process CO2 emissions.
As announced by the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy on 27 January, the “HyGATE” Solar Methanol Project has been awarded AU$19.48 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and €13.2 million (~AU$20.19m) from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop a world-first green methanol demonstration plant in Port Augusta, South Australia.
Exporting green hydrogen produced in Australia to Germany offers the promise of leveraging Australia’s abundant renewable energy resources to help the decarbonisation of German industry. Methanol is a versatile hydrogen derivative and has the potential to act as an effective green hydrogen carrier.
The clean and economical synthesis of methanol could help enable the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate transport sectors such as aviation and shipping, responsible for 4.3% of global CO2 emissions.
The Solar Methanol Project aims to integrate several innovative low emission technologies to deliver renewable power and process heat, green hydrogen electrolysis, and, with Calix’s Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement (Leilac) technology, renewably powered electric calcination of limestone and the efficient capture of unavoidable process CO2 emissions.
In addition to Calix, the Solar Methanol Project consortium includes Australian cleantech company Vast Solar and leading engineering and consultancy firm Fichtner, and is supported by the Australian Solar Thermal Institute.
The Project intends to renewably power a 10MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, and a lime plant that produces CO2 as an unavoidable process emission. The clean energy, hydrogen and CO2 will then be used to synthesise up to 7,500 tonnes per year of green methanol to be developed for use as a sustainable transport fuel.
The Project aims to be a catalyst for a solar methanol industry in Australia, with the potential to significantly scale domestic green fuel use as well as potential exports to Germany and other global markets.
To synthesise green methanol, the Project intends to use up to 15,000 tonnes per annum of CO2 captured by Calix’s Leilac technology during the production of low emissions lime.
Adbri is partnering with Calix and Leilac as part of its net zero pathway to enable the efficient capture of unavoidable process CO2 emissions and the use of renewable sources of energy in the production of low and zero emissions lime.
In collaboration with the Project and subject to commercial agreements, Leilac and Adbri are pursuing opportunities to develop a renewably powered lime plant that would produce low emissions lime and capture process CO2 for potential use in methanol synthesis by the Solar Methanol Project. While Calix and Adbri are not direct recipients of HyGATE funding, HyGATE represents excellent potential to derive direct value for captured CO2 into an opportunity with significant potential to scale.
Lime is an essential material for several industries, including mining and metals refining, water treatment, steel, paper, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. Decarbonising the production of lime is a critical enabling step for reducing the carbon intensity of these hard-to-abate industries.
Calix CEO and Managing Director, Phil Hodgson said:
“Calix’s Leilac technology will be used to make zero emissions lime in partnership with Adbri for Adbri customers, using renewable electricity and efficient capture of unavoidable CO2 emissions from limestone. At the same time, Calix and Adbri are excited to work with the Solar Methanol consortium to enable the supply of captured CO2 emissions to make green methanol.
We are delighted to be progressing plans with Adbri for zero emissions lime with electrification and CO2 capture. As part of the HyGATE consortium we look forward to the outcomes of the HyGATE project, which has the potential to further catalyse support for CO2 capture and to pioneer new green fuels for aviation and shipping.”
Adbri Interim CEO, Mark Irwin said:
“As a leading Australian producer of cement and lime with a commitment to be net zero by 2050, we recognise partnership with companies such as Calix are essential for the development of technology necessary to reach our goal. We are excited about the potential to supply zero emissions lime to our customers, a critical product in a decarbonised economy.”
“The last quarter of the calendar year has been just as busy as the first three !
We continued our investment in new talent, with 14 new staff members featured in the newsletter, including our new Chief Technology Officer, Dr Louise Keyte. I am sure that as you read our new teams’ backgrounds, you will be impressed with the depth and breadth of talent that Calix continues to attract. Our people are our most important asset, and we have grown the team considerably over the last 6 months. They are the future of this company and we welcome them to the team !
Also featured in this newsletter is the now formal Joint Venture arrangements with Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX:PLS) to develop a low carbon lithium salt demonstration facility using Calix’s unique electric kiln technology. The agreement is the culmination of many months of hard work, in parallel with the great engineering and test work being undertaken to develop the project to a final investment decision for a 3,000 tonne per annum facility targeting June, 2023. Both Calix and Pilbara Minerals see huge opportunity in the supply of low carbon lithium salt from Australia, and look forward to working together to capitalise on this significant opportunity.
Our technology and its application to cement and lime decarbonisation – “Leilac” – is also featured in this newsletter, with a feature on our first-of-a-kind global, perpetual licence deal with Heidelberg Materials, our new developments into clay / clinker substitutes, CALIPSO, and the development of three Leilac projects with Cemex. The Heidelberg Materials licence deal is of significance, in that it is the first time our royalty-based business model has been validated, with one of the world’s premier cement companies. In addition, three projects covering Europe and US, and a second global licence agreement (currently under negotiation) are being developed with Cemex, another of the world’s premier cement companies. And we are continuing our development of additional solutions for the cement industry, with our CALIPSO application of our core technology to produce calcined clays, which can partially substitute traditional clinker at lower carbon footprint.
Also featured in this newsletter is our ZESTY zero emissions steel technology – one our latest applications of the core technology into the decarbonisation of iron and steel. With positive results during 2022 in converting iron ore to iron, using hydrogen instead of coal, as well as the recent award of a ~$1m ARENA grant to help cover the front-end-engineering and design costs of a demonstrator scale ZESTY plant, we are further encouraged to develop ZESTY as quickly as possible, and will be planning new test runs in our converted pilot facility in early 2023.
As 2022 draws to a close, it is also timely to look back upon another great year for the company, in our mission to solve global challenges, and in particular on our sustainability performance. Calix has released our second sustainability report – the United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress (“COP”). This newsletter features a summary of our latest COP report, which will also be available in full via a link.
Lastly, the Calix team would like to thank all our shareholders and stakeholders for you continued support through a tumultuous 2022. The company’s considerable achievements, with your support, have been that much more remarkable given global volatility. We look forward to 2023 and advancing rapidly on multiple opportunities, and in the mean time wish you, your families and friends a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.”
Phil Hodgson, CEO