News Issue September 2022

Calix Global Challenges

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News Issue September 2022

Welcome to Issue Number 42 of the Calix Newsletter.

“As the financial year draws to a close, it is timely to reflect upon Calix’s considerable achievements over the last 12 months.

In September 2021, we announced the conclusion of our first “spin-out”, where 7% of the LEILAC Group (focussing on decarbonisation of cement and lime) was sold to US impact investor Carbon Direct for €15m. Calix will also continue to earn 30% of the royalty income into the LEILAC Group as a license fee, regardless of our ownership %. The deal is the first manifestation of our over-arching strategy to develop the next application of the technology and seek purpose-funding to commercialise, whilst retaining maximum head company value. We have been steadily building the LEILAC Group team as well as the project pipeline, and in May this year we were very pleased to announce two Australian-based projects with Boral and Adbri, with a combined $41m in federal Government support. An article on these two projects is in this newsletter.

In May 2022, we were also very pleased to announce $20m in Federal Government support for a project we are putting together with Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS). This project, to produce locally-manufactured lithium salts for batteries, is featured in this newsletter also. Our ambition is to produce low-carbon lithium here in Australia, and avoid the shipment of 94% waste material, as per the current situation in Australia, where spodumene (an ore containing about 6% lithium) is mined and shipped off-shore for processing. There is increasing focus on carbon emissions in the battery supply chain, and our project with Pilbara Minerals is anticipating increased demand for lower emissions products. There is also increasing alignment and interest in Australia in producing more here, rather than “digging it up and shipping it off-shore”. We look forward to working with Pilbara Minerals on this exciting project.

On a similar theme, our advanced battery materials team made great progress during FY22, with the on-going development and then pilot-scale production of 350 kg of lithium manganese oxide cathode material, for assembly into pouch cells in a commercial production line in the UK by battery maker AMTE. This step is critical to proving we can produce quantities of material consistently in order to proceed to the next stage of scale-up, which is targeting 150Tpa electrode manufacturing capability as part of the Recycling and Energy Storage Commercialisation Hub (REACH) Trailblazer program lead by Deakin University. This newsletter features our advanced battery materials team and this recent significant progress.

Our biotech business also made great progress in FY22, achieving registration of our BOOSTER-Mag crop protection product here in Australia, great results from our marine coatings trials, and also a boost to progress our anti-“superbug” application with the recent announcement of the “CRC SAAFE” program, a $34.5m research and development partnership, of which Calix is a tier 1 partner. The CRC SAAFE program is looking at controlling superbugs, whose evolution is rapidly out-pacing current antibiotics, posing significant human and animal risk. We are proud to be working with the likes of the University of Queensland’s  Centre for Superbug Solutions on this exciting and critical initiative.

The Calix team is core to achieving these significant outcomes and central to our success going  forward, and we feature several new members of our team in this newsletter, as well as several members who have been with us a while. The Calix team thanks you for your interest and support in our continued efforts to develop great businesses that solve significant global challenges.”

Phil Hodgson, CEO

FY22 Results – Calix Continues Acceleration of Environmental Technologies

FY22 Investor Presentation August 2022

“Engineering for the Future” feat James O’Loghlin & Matthew Gill & Claire de Jacobi

Welcome to the new Episode of INNOVATING FOR THE EARTH

with innovation expert and radio and TV presenter James O’Loghlin

In this new Episode of INNOVATING FOR THE EARTH, innovation expert and radio and TV presenter James O’Loghlin meets with Matthiew Gill, Engineer Team Leader at Calix and Claire de Jacobi du Vallon, Process Engineer at Calix. Altogether they discuss how is the engineering daily routine at Calix and highlight their achievements so far.

The unsung heroes of this world, in James’ opinion, are engineers. Sure, people talk about Einstein and Marco Polo and Shakespeare and Steve Jobs and Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela and Rihanna. And yes, good on them. Amazing stuff. But the fact is that none of these high achievers would have been able to do much at all without engineers. Every time you drive on a road or a bridge or through a tunnel or get on a bus or a train over a tall building, or open your laptop or tap on your phone you’re only able to do it because of engineers.

Maybe someone else had the idea to build the road or the laptop, although engineers have plenty of ideas. But engineers turn those ideas into things that actually work and that we can use without them. We wouldn’t be able to go anywhere or do anything.

Introducing Youssef Aaraj

Youssef Aaraj is a Process Engineer with experience in energy processes development and integration. Youssef has a PhD from the “Ecole des Mines” in Paris in Energy Processes Optimisation.

He joined Calix in 2019. Previously to Calix, Youssef worked on the development of a process for the purification and treatment of biogas.

Currently Youssef is working on the development of the combustion system and the material selection for LEILAC-2, in addition to participating in scoping studies concerning the installation of the LEILAC technology at different cement plants around the world.

“Working on the LEILAC technology is an opportunity to work with a motivated team that dares to innovate. We can be proud that our work in Calix positively impacts us and the rest of the world.”

Introducing Peter Tilden

Peter moved from New Zealand to join Calix in June 2022 to add to the rapidly expanding engineering team. He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in 2015 and is registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Peter brings over 5 years experience in design of mechanical equipment. He has lead projects involving large mobile port hoppers (tare weights ranging from 30-220 tonne), water/oil/acid/caustic/pulp storage tank repair projects, lifting equipment, belt conveyors and other port equipment projects (e.g. bulk grabs and log lifters).

After work he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, hiking and gatherings of friends and family.

Introducing Yingyi Huang

Yingyi Huang holds an Honours degree in Engineering in Material Science from Monash University. Her interest in the energy sector started in the last year of her undergraduate studies on the final year project. After that, she started a PhD at Monash University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2019. Her PhD focuses on improving the performance of various energy storage systems, including lithium-sulfur batteries and lithium-ion batteries. She is the author of a number of high-impact papers and patents in the battery field.

While completing her PhD thesis, Yingyi Huang joined Calix in May 2022 as a Battery Test Engineer and will be helping to examine and develop Lithium Manganese Oxide (LMO) and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) as cathode active materials in batteries.

Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, swimming and travelling.

Introducing Ehsan Ghasemi

Ehsan joined Calix in May 2022 as a Battery Test Engineer. With a principal background in Chemical Engineering, he brings almost four years of practical research and extensive experience in material development for lithium ion and flow batteries. During his PhD at Monash University and CSIRO, he has published high impact patent and papers featured in many outlets. As part of the Battery R&D team at Calix, he will help with development and optimisation of electrochemical performance of cathode materials.

Outside of work, he enjoys the outdoors, travelling, watching and playing sports.

Introducing Laurentiu Paun

Lau graduated in 2009 as a Robotics Engineer. At the end of 2009 he started working for Lafarge Romania as a Process Engineer at one of their cement plants, where he was tasked with optimising the expert control system driving the kiln line and mills.

At the end of 2015, he took on an opportunity with Holcim in the UK and started working as a Process Engineer for the cement plant in Cauldon, Staffordshire. Since then, he has worked on many projects for plant optimisation with notable results and has worked with a multitude of plant equipment ranging from crushers, ball mills, vertical mills to pyro processing related equipment like heat exchangers, rotary kilns and calciners, burners and fuel processing, gas conditioning and filtration, abatement systems, etc.

“I’m really excited to join the team here at Calix and I hope I get to meet and work with all of you on different challenges and solutions.”

Introducing Yun Xia

Yun has over 10 years’ research experience on Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering with extensive experience in solar energy utilization, metallurgical separation and resource recovery. He joined Calix in April 2022 as a R&D Program lead.

Before joining, Yun worked as Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Monash University. Yun completed his PhD at Monash University and first-authored 4 peer-reviewed papers with a total impact factor of over 63. He also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering. His research focused on the industry-oriented process including the production of Tungsten, Molybdenum and Vanadium, as well as hydrometallurgical recycling of spent batteries.

Outside of work, Yun loves outdoor adventures such as fishing, camping and hiking.