News Issue April 2022

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News Issue April 2022

Welcome to Issue Number 41 of the Calix Newsletter.

“In the recent quarter, Calix achieved a significant milestone with the LEILAC-2 Project for CO2 mitigation in the cement and lime industries, passing its Financial Investment Decision with the full support of the project consortium. This achievement was even more significant given the significant supply chain and war risks that have added considerable uncertainty, but is a testament to the resolve of the consortium to push on with the project, given the pressures and commitments to CO2 mitigation.

In this newsletter, we also explore the opportunity for the LEILAC technology in the lime industry, as well as the effort, and reasons, to develop electrification of the Calix technology. The Calix technology is being developed as a “future-proofing” option for industry. CO2 capture is a primary goal for cement and lime, but also the ability to use renewable energy including electricity and waste fuels or biomass is becoming a central value proposition as energy prices soar, and is a subject of renewed focus and development of the technology for application across many other industries.

In our water business, we look at some recent customer case studies in the US for sewer treatment, and in Asia for aquaculture. We look forward to the recession of COVID-constraints to re-ignite our growth in both these industries, given the considerable market opportunity.

In our biotech business, we achieved a significant milestone with the approval of BOOSTER-Mag – our safe, environmentally friendly crop protection product – by the Australia Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This represents over two years of independent assessment of safety and efficacy of our unique product and market entry planning for the Australian 22/23 season is underway. We are very encouraged by this progress and while applications such as crop protection take time, the same environmental themes driving investment in CO2 mitigation are also starting to focus on agriculture, where we have a unique product, uniquely positioned.

In this newsletter we also feature our first Communication on Progress (“COP” report) as members of the United Nations Global Compact, focussing on our efforts in Environment, Social and Governance improvement both externally, with our stakeholders and customers, and internally, with goals we are setting for ourselves as a company.

We also feature our new team members and also Doug Kelley – our US colleague leading the IER team – and his background, in our quarterly “meet the team” article. Despite a growing team, Calix remains very focussed on hiring the right people with not only excellent skills and competencies to grow our ambition, but also alignment with our corporate objectives. Both are equally important.

As always, we continue to very much appreciate the support of all our shareholders and stakeholders as we continue our journey and ambition, to help solve global challenges, using our unique technology and dedicated team.”

Introducing Doug Kelley

Dr. Kelley is a Ph.D. Chemist with 29 years of research & development experience in water and wastewater treatment technologies.

Doug graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry. He worked with Nalco for 14 years in basic research and new product development.

He is also the co-inventor on numerous patents related to scale and corrosion control in boiler and cooling water environments.

As President of Inland Environmental Resources (IER), Doug has spearheaded the development of proprietary, safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective chemical products based on magnesium hydroxide.

Dr. Kelley is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity we get everyday to work closely with our vendors to serve our customers’ needs, helping their business run as smoothly as possible and keeping their wastewater systems operating at peak performance.”

“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 magnesium hydroxide products for further growth into their primary North American markets, and to expand the applications of these high-quality, environmentally-friendly technologies into new markets.”

Introducing Aqeel Mohaisen

Aqeel Mohaisen is our new CAD technician. Because he has a strong interest for anything related to sustainability, Aqeel saw an opportunity to use his practical skills to solve environmental problems by joining Calix.

Aqeel graduated with a Master’s of Engineering-Research, a CERT IV in Engineering Drafting and a CERT III in Manufacturing Technology (CAD/Drafting) both from TAFE NSW.

He has also successfully completed courses in CAD for Building Design, TAFE NSW, Energy Auditing and Efficiency in Industrial Systems and Energy Auditing and De-carbonisation of the Built Environment, both from SBRC-UOW.

Outside of work, Aqeel loves reading, researching, continuing professional development and of course cooking.

 

Introducing Max Strokon

Max graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His honours thesis focused on the effects of mechanical stress on 3D-printed plastics and how heat exposure affected the molecular structure printing filament.

Max’s early career began with boutique prototyping consultation and technical advice regarding CAD-CAM systems. Most recently he worked in the medical device industry as a design engineer, specialising in primary packaging for high value sterilised devices.

Max has joined Calix as a technical development support engineer with a view to leveraging his prototyping and production experience, to assist with ongoing engineering projects. “I care about implementing technology that is sustainable, to protect the environment of the planet we all share.”

 

Introducing Shammi Ferdousi

Shammi is a material scientist with more than 12 years research experience as a laboratory researcher in nanomaterials, electrochemistry and surface science.

She joined Calix in January 2022 as a materials engineer. Before joining, she was working as associate research fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University which was a collaborative project with Calix. Previously she worked on the project ‘moisture harvesting technology using metal doped nanotubes’ at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong SAR. She finished her Bachelor (Hons) and Master’s (research based) in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh.

Her research interest is battery materials, electrode preparation, battery fabrication and electrolyte development and optimisation from laboratory to pilot scale.

 

Introducing Tim Bartlett

Tim has over twenty years of combined professional engineering experience in electronic and electrical fields associated with electrical power networks, process control, motor drives, SCADA, telemetry networks and electronic product design.

The bulk of his career has been spent working in the mining and resources industry. He started out with a trade in electronics and then followed up with a Bachelor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He graduated with first class honours with awards from both Engineers Australia and The Institute of Electrical Engineers.

In recent years, Tim has become a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), is a Chartered Practitioner of Engineering (CPEng), and is registered on the National Engineering Register (NER), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineer Register, the International Professional Engineer Register and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Tim has joined Calix as an electrical and control systems engineer, assisting the team with electrical challenges on the development of the technology and its various applications.

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News Issue November 2021

Welcome to Issue Number 40 of the Calix Newsletter.

“In this first quarter of the new financial year, Calix completed one of the most important commercial deals since listing the company in July 2018 – the investment by US-based Impact Fund Carbon Direct into our LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) Technology. The investment of 15m euro for a 7% equity in the technology puts a significant value stake-in-the-ground, and is a testament to the hard work in technical development and value creation the Calix team have put into this exciting technology, at a time when there is accelerating interest and investment in global climate solutions. Please explore this deal a bit further in our article in this newsletter, as well as an in-depth look at our development projects in Europe – the LEILAC-1 and LEILAC-2 projects.

To support this important phase of growth, I am also very pleased to confirm that a seasoned Calix executive – Daniel Rennie – has been promoted to lead our CO2 business as CEO. Dan has been instrumental in winning grant funding for, and co-ordinating, both our LEILAC-1 and LEILAC-2 projects, and in raising the profile of Calix’s LEILAC technology from an unknown new technology only a few years ago to the European and then world stage.

In response to the growing interest in our technology and in line with our March 2021 capital raise, we have continued to recruit some great new talent into our organisation – our engineering and R&D teams have been bolstered by the addition of Ruth, Chris, Rana and Andrea – read about their impressive backgrounds in this newsletter also. And we also feature one of our longer-serving loyal staff members in Joshua Menzies on the back page.

In our water business, off the base of our AQUA-Cal+ solution to prawn farm pollution, we are launching a new project to look at whether AQUA-Cal+ can help with the environmental pressures associated with salmon farming – particularly on the sea bed of salmon pens and also typical salmon diseases. We look forward to the results from this program, given the environmental pressures the industry is beginning to face. We also take a look at a customer case study in the US, where our US team continues to expand the business based upon technical expertise, customer service and great product. We also share a link through to an interview I conducted with Nick Chiarelli of the Ocean Impact Organisation, of which Calix is now a sponsor. Click the link to hear about Nick’s vision for a cleaner ocean and help get behind this great initiative.

An article on our Biotech business features the on-going successful testing our marine coatings developments. Again, global pressure to reduce environmental impact is a great tailwind for this potential business, where our safe, environmentally friendly very high surface area magnesium oxide coating additives are dramatically improving the performance and life of existing marine coatings.

Our R&D update features two projects based upon our LEILAC Technology, both of which are helping to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (“SDG’s”) through a novel energy storage system “SOCRATCES” powered by concentrated solar radiation, and a “calcium looping“ system “ANICA” which is looking at the wider application of the LEILAC Technology in more general flue gas CO2 capture. As always, we continue to very much appreciate the support of all our shareholders and stakeholders as we continue another year of significant development for the company.”

Introducing Joshua Menzies

Originally from Bacchus Marsh, Josh started to work at Calix in 2012 as a tradesman. He has been involved with the construction of most buildings on site and has also helped commission the first ACTI-Mag hydration plant.

Josh has always had a strong interest in the technology, he fell in love with the company’s culture, and so he naturally evolved to become a support technician for ACTI-Mag, and provides hands-on expertise and excellent service to Calix customers in Australia.

It is his commitment to customer service and his technical know-how that has allowed him to become the ACTI-Mag Mobile Asset Manager, and he is now responsible for managing and building all our dosing equipment.

Outside of work, Joshua has two lovely children, loves to throw on a good Aussie backyard BBQ for his family and friends, and simply loves helping others around him.

“I joined Calix to make a direct positive impact on climate change.”

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