Tuesday, 13 August 2019 02:27

Calix leads $9m-plus projects for advanced battery development, CO2 capture

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Calix CEO Dr Phil Hodgson Calix CEO Dr Phil Hodgson

Listed Australian technology company Calix is set to undertake new projects- valued at over $9 million - for advanced battery development and CO2 capture work, based in Australia and Europe - as well as completion of construction of its BATMn reactor for advanced battery materials.

The CRC-P (Cooperative Research Centre Projects) program is an Australian Government initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to support short-term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announced the $9.4m project - the CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries - which Calix (ASX: CXL) will lead and will receive $3 million in funding over three years for a collaboration between the company, the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) and BatTRI-Hub at Deakin University and Boron Molecular.

The project aims to establish a platform for a sustainable Australian manufacturing industry delivering high performance, affordable, and more recyclable lithium ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials manufactured by Calix in its BATMn reactor at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and ionic liquid electrolytes developed by Deakin University and Boron Molecular.

Coin-cell fabrication, electrochemical screening and testing of Calix’s highly porous “nano-active” electrode materials (such as manganese oxide (Mn3O4) cathodes, and titanium oxide (TiO2) anodes) and ionic liquid electrolytes will be carried out by IFM at Deakin.

And BAT-TRI-HUB will manufacture pouch cell and battery pack prototypes which will be supplied to global manufacturers and customers for performance evaluation.

Calix head of battery and catalyst R&D Program, Dr Matt Boot-Handford, said: “Calix is uniquely placed to accelerate the development and commercialisation of high-performance electrochemical energy storage devices”.

“We have a patented and proven approach to making highly porous “nano-active” materials for both anodes and cathodes, a commercial scale production reactor, short-term projects in place through the CRC-P to demonstrate batteries using our materials, and long term national and global linkages to expertise in batteries through StorEnergy and Polystorage.”

“When Calix listed on the ASX in July 2018 we had early results on our materials for batteries that were very promising,” said Calix managing director and CEO, Dr Phil Hodgson.

“Since then, we have completed construction of a unique capability with our BATMn reactor in Bacchus Marsh, and have advanced the use of Calix’s products for batteries through our network of collaborators across the globe, with projects such as the CRC-P and StorEnergy in Australia, and Polystorage in Europe.

“We look forward to working with our partners to achieve breakthroughs in future battery technology development.”

Calix says that the European Union has announced a new $4.8m project for CO2 capture from cement production, for which Calix Europe will be awarded $0.5m.

And Calix says it has been developing and proving its Direct Separation Capture technology for the cement and lime industries in the $33m project LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement).

The LEILAC plant was officially opened in early May and the first commissioning results were released in late July. The plant aims to capture the “process” CO2 emitted from the making of cement and lime , and which Calix says is responsible for about 65% of emissions from these industries.

Calix said that industry leaders such as HeidelbergCement have recently announced that they will be at zero-emissions by 2050 – while companies in Europe are facing significant costs for their emissions, as their allocation of free CO2 permits is reducing year-by-year from 2020.

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