Calix technology addresses global challenges such as carbon emissions, water treatment, food production and energy with innovative industrial solutions.
Increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy is crucial to creating more sustainable communities and businesses and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.
Water and wastewater management is a challenge that can threaten vital waterways, with impacts on health and environment.
If done right, agriculture and aquaculture can provide nutritious food for all, while generating decent incomes to support and protect rural development and the environment.
Fundamental changes are needed to reduce the amount of CO2 that we emit from industrial processes and energy generation in order to respond to the threat of climate change.
JUNE 27, 2020 \ CALIX GLOBAL CHALLENGES
News Issue June 2020
Welcome to Issue Number 35 of the Calix Newsletter. In our second Newsletter for 2020, we feature the commencement of
JUNE 27, 2020 \ FEEDING THE GROWING HUMAN POPULATION
Understanding the global challenges we solve
The world’s population is expected to grow by over a third, or 2.3 billion people, between 2009 and 2050. This
JUNE 27, 2020 \ IMPROVING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF WATER TREATMENT
The value of magnesium hydroxide as a substitute for caustic soda and lime
Magnesium hydroxide is the least expensive and most powerful alkaline chemical treatment available on the market for pH control applications.
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.
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.
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.
To help, Calix has developed ACTI-Mag Magnesium Hydroxide Mg(OH)2, a safe and more earth-friendly alternative to caustic soda for wastewater treatment across industries including municipalities, agriculture, and food manufacturing. It lets industries control pH and alkalinity in wastewater for odour control, and address significant issues such as phosphate or fats, oils, and greases.
Transforming lives through safe water, sanitation and hygiene education
Calix supports WaterAid programs to facilitate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities.
This partnership with WaterAid aligns perfectly with our purpose and the reason why we exist, “We Solve Global Challenges” and with our core value of “positive impact”.
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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.
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.
To help, Calix is developing high performance, affordable, and more recyclable lithium-ion hybrid batteries based on nano-active electrode materials produced by its new BATMn reactor in Australia.
In another approach to developing clean, affordable energy sources, Calix’s ACTI-Mag can be used in anaerobic digesters to help convert wastewater into energy while reducing struvite.
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.
For example, Calix’s technology is 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.
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 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.
Aquaculture is seen as a viable way to meet the growing demand for animal products globally with more efficient feed use than cattle or pig farming. However, aquaculture feed and waste produce nitrogen and phosphorus, the build-up of these elements on water beds may lead to negative ecological disruptions. 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.
Its high reactivity and surface area are proven to help 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, an important element 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.
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.