Calix project update

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australian technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented “kiln” built in Victoria, Australia that produces “mineral honeycomb” – very highly active minerals!

Calix is using these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture with reduced anti-biotics, fungicides and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where they are working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

In particular, the LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement) project is a European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation project at the Heidelberg Cement plant in Lixhe, Belgium.

Leilac’s purpose is to remove CO2 from a cement plant flue stream.  The idea is to split process emissions from power emissions in the cement making process, which results in the ability to capture a virtually pure CO2stream for utilization and/or storage purposes. LEILAC will thus pilot a breakthrough carbon capture technology that would enable both Europe’s cement and lime industries to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty.

Running for five years from 2016 to 2020, the project team comprises leading industrial, technology and research & development partners.

This €21m project has received €12m of funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with the balance of the funds to be provided by the consortium partners.

Since August 2018:

  • the supporting structure and furnace have been assembled
  • the silo has been installed next to the tower
  • the burners are in place
  • the pipe bridge, connecting the LEILAC pilot plant to the host site at CBR Lixhe has been raised

As per January 2019, the majority of LEILAC’s structure is now in place and work is commencing on the installation of the electrical and control systems


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