Our purpose explained

Solving global challenges has been the basis of Calix’s passion and business for more than a decade with a quest to become a leading global innovator of industrial solutions for the environment.

We’re driven to use our unique skills to repair, preserve and prevent future harm to our planet.

A unique technology

Calix’s core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

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Mars is for quitters.

Because there is only one Earth, and it’s already ours.

Solving global challenges and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Calix has identified some key global challenges that have emerged in the last decade and are increasingly putting our planet at risk. By aligning innovation and development initiatives with the SDGs, Calix is driven to make an impactful and meaningful contribution to solving global challenges.

Creating renewable energy

Calix ACTI-Mag helps maintain optimum bacterial growth conditions for the conversion of organic matter into biogas for energy.

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Improving the sustainability of water treatment

Calix’s ACTI-Mag is a safe and earth-friendly alternative, providing sustainable wastewater treatment across municipalities, agriculture, and food manufacturing.

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Feeding the growing human population

Calix’s AQUA-Cal+ is helping aquaculture improve productivity and sustainability to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population.

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Making better batteries

Calix is developing high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials.

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Making crop protection safer

Calix has developed BOOSTER-Mag to help overcome many of the problems around both pesticides and biopesticides.

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Protecting ageing infrastructure

Calix is developing an innovative coating that can provide long-lasting corrosion protection of sewer assets.

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Reducing CO2 emissions

Calix’s technologies are being used to reduce CO2 emissions in cement, lime, and hydrogen production.

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SDG 2: Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

To help, Calix is developing BOOSTER-Mag to increase yields, while making crop protection safer.

Target 2.4 – By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaption to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

To help, Calix has developed BOOSTER-Mag to make crop protection safer. BOOSTER-Mag is a broad spectrum, effective anti-fungal, anti-pest fertiliser that’s safe to use and overcomes many of the problems around both pesticides and biopesticides, on average at a far lower cost. As part of the commercialisation strategy for BOOSTER-Mag, Calix undertook a licensee search and vetting campaign in mid-2017, similar to the process undertaken by research and development firms in the pharmaceutical industry, for the licensing of a potential new drug to pharmaceutical majors.

Calix targeted 22 crop protection companies, some of which are among the largest companies in the world. 16 companies chose to progress discussions, and 11 non-disclosure agreements have been put in place covering the exchange of our research and trial data. The business model, already tabled with potential licensees, involves Calix continuing to manufacture BOOSTER-Mag, while the licensee formulates, registers, markets, distributes and sells the final product. Final license negotiations are in progress.

In parallel to this licensee model strategy, Calix is finalising a submission to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for approval to sell the product as a crop protection product in Australia. Work has been ongoing for the application for two years, with the support of an AusIndustry Accelerating Commercialisation grant of $950,000.

Calix’s first season of independently-assessed trials demonstrated statistical efficacy in the 95th percentile compared to an untreated control against fungal attack in grapes, and mites in commercial roses and tomato thrips in cucurbits. In addition, acute toxicology trials demonstrated that BOOSTER-Mag was non-toxic in its concentrated form.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

To help, Calix is developing safe, sustainable solutions to prevent odour, protect existing and new sewer infrastructure, while improving wastewater treatment performance.

Target 6.3 – By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.

With rapid urbanisation and development, and increasing environmental pressure on industrial emissions, there’s an emerging trend for safe, sustainable solutions to prevent odour, protect existing and new infrastructure, and improve treatment performance.

Calix’s ACTI-Mag Magnesium Hydroxide Mg(OH)2 is a safe and earth-friendly alternative to caustic soda for alkalinity adjustment, providing sustainable water treatment across industries including municipalities, agriculture, and food manufacturing. It lets industries control pH and alkalinity in waste water for odour control, and address significant issues such as phosphate or fats, oils, and greases.

Mg(OH)2 is non-toxic (when properly used), non-corrosive, non-hazardous and safer to handle than caustic soda. In addition to reduced initial cost, it has a greater pound-for-pound alkalinity contribution, improves biological activity since magnesium is a nutrient, assists in metals removal via precipitation and adsorption, and reduces sludge and the need for its disposal.

ACTI-Mag for odour control is sold to customers including Sydney Water, Yarra Valley Water, Queensland Urban Utilities, and TasWater. ACTI-Mag for enhanced biotreater applications is sold to customers including piggeries, food manufacturing facilities and water utilities. ACTI-Mag has extensive market penetration across Australia and New Zealand.

Improving the sustainability of water treatment

Calix is developing safe, sustainable solutions to prevent odour, protect existing and new infrastructure, and improve wastewater treatment performance. Find out more.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

To help, along with our work on bioenergy, Calix is developing high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials.

Target 7.2 – BY 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Calix is facilitating this by creating renewable energy in food manufacturing and agriculture through biogas management using ACTI-Mag.

For example, a piggery using Calix’s ACTI-Mag solution managed to cut its energy bills by $1.5 million. The business engaged Calix to dose its anaerobic ponds with ACTI-Mag to increase the pond loading from 70 per cent to 100 per cent of the plant’s effluent.

After the dosing, the loading was quickly increased to 100 per cent with an approximate doubling of methane yield for biogas. These positive results encouraged the business to continue using ACTI-Mag to stabilise its process pH, increase biogas production, and lower final effluent phosphorous.

Calix has also worked with a palm oil mill in Thailand that processed around 40 tonnes of palm oil per day and had a waste stream of 1000 – 500 m3 per day, treated by four anaerobic reactors. The effluent stream was turning it into power to run the plant and supplying electricity back onto the grid.

ACTI-Mag showed a three-fold increase in biogas volume generated compared to control. This trial showed that ACTI-Mag increased the conversion of carbon into biogas by 29.6% and improved in the yield value by 28%.

SDG 9: Industries, innovation, and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

To help, Calix is developing PROTECTA-Mag, a magnesium hydroxide based technology that can protect aging and corroding sewer infrastructure.

Target 9.5 – By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Calix is protecting ageing infrastructure through asset corrosion reduction using a Magnesium Hydorxide based technology called PROTECTA-Mag .

PROTECTA-Mag is a chemical coating based on Calix’s magnesium hydroxide liquid (MHL). It’s applied via a spray mechanism and it has fast gelling characteristics on concrete surfaces. It works by neutralising the sulphuric acid present on concrete. The coating raises the pH of the concrete surface, thus eliminating the bacteria colonies responsible for producing the sulphuric acid. It can maintain this high pH level for more years when sprayed on the inside of sewer lines.

PROTECTA-Mag penetrates the surface of the concrete to neutralise residual acid on and near the surface. Its high pH inhibits the growth of acid-forming bacteria and prevents root ingress.

Any overspray of PROTECTA-Mag entering the sewer flows is complementary and beneficial for any downstream sewage treatment plant (STP) and odour control. The product is safe to use, non-hazardous, and non-toxic.

Reducing emissions from the cement industry

Project leilac utilises the Calix Process – a world first patented technology that changes the way limestone is heated. Find out more.

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Affordable and clean energy and sustainable cities and communities.

To help, Calix is facilitating the creation of renewable energy in food manufacturing and agriculture through biogas management using ACTI-Mag.

Target 11.6 – By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

Biotreaters also produce biogas as part of the process of contaminant breakdown. Depending upon the type of waste stream, biogas can have very high levels of methane, which is a significant greenhouse gas (30 times worse than CO2). Whilst flaring this gas is an option, increasingly the methane is being seen as an energy source in its own right, when directed through gas engines to produce electricity.

The quality of the methane becomes important, as high levels of H2S in the biogas degrades the gas engines very quickly. Thus, most biogas systems require gas treatment systems upstream of the biogas engines. Iron salts are sometimes used for odour (H2S) control in these systems, but as they are acidic, fight against the alkalinity in the system.

ACTI-Mag, with its unique high surface area and high localised pH surface, is able to break down complex organic matter by hydrolysis into smaller units, which allows the biological system to convert the organic matter into biogas more quickly, and improve the quality.

ACTI-Mag has been demonstrated to increase the quality of the biogas coming from the anaerobic system by up to 20 percent. Improved biogas quality including higher methane and lower H2S content improves the calorific value, which means improved performance from the electric generators. Improved biogas quality also means a reduced requirement on biogas scrubbers.

SDG 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

To help, Calix’s technology is being developed and adapted to reduce CO2 emissions in cement, lime, and hydrogen production.

Calix’s technologies are being used to reduce CO2 emissions in cement, lime, and hydrogen production. For example, Calix is a key participant in LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement); a European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation project that will help Europe’s cement and lime industries reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty. Calix is the core technology provider and project leader.

The €21m (approx. AU$33m) project has received €12m (approx. AU$19m) of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The LEILAC project is based on Calix’s direct separation technology that enables pure CO2 to be captured as it’s released from limestone in a process that requires no additional chemicals, nor any changes to conventional processes for cement, as it simply replaces the calciner. As two-thirds of CO2 emission from cement production is generated from limestone, this technology offers a unique opportunity to have a significant impact on the industry’s CO2 emissions.

Nine of the biggest cement and lime companies around the world have chosen to partner with Calix for an €18 million (approx. AU$32m) plant in Belgium, demonstrating the technology’s significant market potential.

Making better batteries

Calix is developing high performance, low-cost, fast charge-discharge lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials produced in our BATMn reactor. Find out more.

SDG 14: Life below water

SDG 14 focuses on keeping oceans safe and clean.

To help, Calix is advancing shrimp and prawn aquaculture with an environmentally friendly water conditioning using AQUA-Cal+.

AQUA-Cal+ is also being developed for freshwater lake and pond remediation.

Target 2.4 – By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

Calix is advancing shrimp and prawn aquaculture with water conditioning using AQUA-Cal+.

Aquaculture is seen as a viable way to meet growing demand for animal products globally with more efficient feed use than cattle or pig farming. However, diseases due to water degradation cause huge losses for this industry, so the effective treatment of water is critical to reducing risk and economic loss in the sector.

Additionally, since aquaculture feed and waste produce nitrogen and phosphorus, the build-up of these elements on water beds may lead to negative ecological disruptions. Algae is also capable of absorbing nutrients in feed and waste. If uncontrolled, the spread of algae could lead to the deaths of many species, and affect the biodiversity of ecosystems.

AQUA-Cal+ is a safe, environmentally friendly source of alkalinity; an important requirement for pond water conditioning. It’s applied by dosing the product directly into aquaculture ponds at specified volumes and time intervals.

AQUA-Cal+ has multiple modes of action. Its high reactivity/surface area enables very effective binding of dissolved metals such as iron, which is critical in pond preparation for species sensitive to iron, like prawn post-larvae, and the microorganisms they feed on. Similarly, its high reactivity and surface area are proven to bind phosphates and ammonia in-situ within each tiny particle, helping prevent the build-up of free ammonia and phosphate, which leads to blue-green algae runaways. AQUA-Cal+ is also formulated with high levels of calcium, which is important for crustacean exoskeletons and fish bone formation.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of world’s largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.

Target 17.16 – Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

Calix is a key participant in LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement), a European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation project that will help Europe’s cement and lime industries reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty. Calix is the core technology provider and project leader.

The €21m (approx. AU$33m) project has received €12m (approx. AU$19m) of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The LEILAC project is based on Calix’s direct separation technology that enables pure CO2 to be captured as it’s released from the limestone in a process that requires no additional chemicals, nor any changes to the conventional processes for cement, as it simply replaces the calciner. As two-thirds of CO2 emission from cement production is generated from the limestone, this technology offers a unique opportunity to significantly impact on the industry’s CO2 emissions.

In another approach to developing clean, affordable energy sources, Calix is working to establish an advanced and sustainable lithium ion battery manufacturing industry in Australia. Calix is leading the Australian Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) to develop advanced batteries, and just received $3 million in funding. Calix will work with some of Australia and the world’s foremost battery experts in Professor Maria Forsyth, and Dr. Patrick Howlett of Deakin University and the BatTRI-Hub.

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