Calix joins $39 million low-carbon research project

Thursday, 08 July, 2021

Calix joins $39 million low-carbon research project

Australian technology company Calix Limited is partnering in a low-carbon research project that has won $39 million in Australian government funding. Calix is a key partner in the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC), which aims to reduce carbon emissions of Australia’s heavy industrial processes. The HILT CRC brings together heavy industry players, government and research, and aims to boost the capability of Australian companies by capitalising on existing mineral and renewable energy resources to become leading international producers and exporters of low-carbon products.

The $39 million federal government funding will boost HILT CRC’s resources from its partners to more than $210 million cash and in-kind contributions over 10 years. Calix Managing Director Phil Hodgson said the federal government funding will provide opportunities for Calix to grow its expertise and network with some of Australia’s largest heavy industrial and mining companies, while helping to develop CO2 hubs, fast-track projects and advance Australia’s long-term capability for low-carbon projects.

“More specifically, it is a chance for us to demonstrate the technology developed for CO2 mitigation in the production of cement and lime through our European LEILAC-1 and 2 projects in an Australian setting, as well as explore other more sustainable applications for our technology in heavy industry, backed by this impressive team of researchers and industrial participants,” Hodgson said.

In the HILT CRC research, partners will work together to reduce heavy industry’s CO2 emissions, which account for approximately 20% of Australia’s total output. The industrial sector globally accounts for 32% of all CO2 emissions, of which approximately half are from the heavy industrial sector. As part of the HILT CRC, Calix will continue to develop its technology to reduce carbon emissions from line and cement production, while using its Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) technology to develop other, more sustainable processing applications such as for bauxite processing for the aluminium industry and production of calcined clay from kaolinite for use in new lower carbon cements.

Increased competitiveness from the heavy industry adopting low emissions energy technology could provide an additional 376,000 direct and indirect jobs and contribute up to an additional $120 billion to the Australian economy. News of the successful HILT CRC bid follows Calix’s $1 million Australian Government grant to develop and transform its biotech manufacturing capacity at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.

The CRC research team includes the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University, CSIRO, Curtin University, University of Newcastle, Swinburne University, Queensland University of Technology and international partners Arizona State University, German Aerospace, MINTEK and the University of Canterbury (NZ).

Headquartered in Adelaide, the HILT CRC will establish hubs in heavy industry regions of Gladstone, the Pilbara, Northern Tasmania, SA’s Upper Spencer Gulf, WA’s Kwinana and South West regions, the Southern Highlands of NSW and Portland in Victoria.

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