Hot Lime Labs, a spinout from Callaghan Innovation, is developing a CO2 capture system to boost crop growth and production of large scale greenhouses.
The Hot Lime system extracts clean, safe CO2 from renewable biomass to increase crop yields. It provides a lower cost of operation compared to natural gas and refined CO2 and will allow for a commercially viable high level of CO2 enrichment, improved grower margins, and reduced carbon footprint.
The pilot system is due to be trialed at one of New Zealand's leading commercial growers late 2019, with the first commercial units being produced in 2020.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS TEAM
The Business Operations team looks after the big picture strategy, and day-to-day running of Hot Lime Labs. This team is also responsible for the marketing and sales at Hot Lime Labs
The Engineering Team are focused on the development, manufacture, and ongoing development of the Hot Lime system.
Our Research and Development Team is responsible for the ongoing development of the Hot Lime material and understanding of the know-how of the whole Hot Lime system.
DR VLATKO MATERIC - CEO
Dr Vlatko Materic is the founder and CEO of Hot Lime Labs. Vlatko had been researching and developing CO2 capture systems for power plants for over 10 years at Industrial Research Limited (now Callaghan Innovation). The technology worked well but it turned out there was no economic driver for customers that could justify the costs of capturing CO2 .
Fast forward a decade, and Vlatko accidentally discovered the vast unmet demand for CO2 in the greenhouse industry, and quickly found that both technology and commercial drivers were well aligned.
This realisation led to him founding Hot Lime Labs, and lead the company from ideation to the commissioning of the first pilot plant with a leading New Zealand commercial grower.
DAVID WILLIAMS - CHAIR
DR VLATKO MATERIC