Welcome from
the CEO

Welcome to the new Leilac newsletter, where we share several recent milestones in Leilac’s progress towards delivering low-cost decarbonisation solutions for our partners across the cement and lime industries, direct air capture, and other exciting applications of our technology to CO₂ mitigation.

Strong tailwinds are encouraging industrial decarbonisation and the abatement of atmospheric CO₂ across the globe, including public policy and industry commitments. The commitment to CO₂ transport and storage infrastructure development in the EU’s Net Zero Industry Act is one example, while US initiatives like the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Regional Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hubs program have the potential to turbocharge the rapidly emerging DAC industry.

In this first edition of our newsletter, we feature a newly published report analysing the techno-economics of our full-scale vision. The report is published by the Leilac-2 consortium as part of our EU funded Leilac-2 project and provides a detailed illustrative example of the retrofit and integration options for a typical cement plant and possible costs to capture CO₂ based on central European prices. The fact-based report contains important findings, including Leilac’s potential to provide the most flexible, scalable, and low-cost solution for capture of unavoidable process emissions. In addition, we explore economical pathways to net zero through the efficient combination of Leilac with a conventional capture solution for fuel emissions, or direct electrification.

We are also proud to share information on our new licence and collaboration agreements with Heirloom, a direct air capture (DAC) company permanently removing carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere, to deploy Leilac’s renewably-powered electric kilns at future Heirloom DAC facilities. Together, we have the potential to deliver a significant impact on removing legacy emissions while also creating an accelerated pathway for the electrification of hard-to-abate industries, such as cement and lime.

The newsletter also covers developments with our first two EU funded projects. Leilac-2, our demonstration project in Hannover, Germany has an updated lighter, smaller and simplified design, while Leilac-1, our pilot project in Lixhe, Belgium has had some significant upgrades to continue to test and support our technology development.

Our partners also play an invaluable role in our business. Their commitment to lead change and develop and implement decarbonisation solutions is essential. In particular, I am grateful to the Leilac-1 and Leilac-2 consortium partners, who have been integral to the Leilac story from the start.

It is a privilege to lead such an inspiring and committed team that seeks to develop and implement our innovative technology, and you can watch four of our employees discuss their roles and the impact that they want to make on the world. Since Leilac Limited was formally spun-off from our parent company Calix in September 2021, our team has expanded from 8 to over 50 today. We continue to look for talented and purpose-driven new team members and encourage anyone interested to reach out to us. We are a diverse group, and we want our team to reflect the communities we serve. Our employees speak 21 languages, hold 19 nationalities, and live across 12 countries.

As CEO, I think the biggest challenge for us is not moving fast enough. I firmly believe we have the most promising technology to safely address some of our most enormous environmental challenges, but we need to move quickly in the race to decarbonise the world around us. It is in this spirit that we want to make a significant contribution to a just transition to net zero, urgently developing solutions that help enable an affordable and sustainable low-carbon future for our industries and our planet.

Thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.

Daniel Rennie
CEO, Leilac Ltd.

Leilac’s vision for low-cost cement decarbonisation: a techno-economic study

Decarbonising Cement: Leilac at Full Commercial Scale, a new study produced by the Leilac-2 consortium, provides a detailed analysis of the Leilac technology’s potential to deliver flexible and low-cost decarbonisation solutions for cement plants at any scale.

Leilac and Heirloom sign agreement to use electric Leilac technology for direct air capture

Heirloom, a direct air capture (DAC) company permanently removing carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere, and Leilac have signed global licence and collaboration agreements to deploy renewably-powered electric kilns at Heirloom’s DAC facilities.

Listen to Heirloom and Leilac CEOs discuss how DAC can help reverse climate change

In this podcast, Heirloom CEO Shashank Samala and Leila CEO Daniel Rennie explain how their partnership will accelerate the removal of legacy carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the earth’s atmosphere.

GCCA India visits Leilac-1

GCCA India and representatives from the Indian Government and across the Indian cement sector visited the Leilac-1 pilot plant on 24 November 2023 to discuss cement decarbonisation.

Leilac-2 gets a new and improved design and a revised timeline

Leilac-2 gets a substantial update, including a lighter, cheaper, and simplified design that supports our vision for a low-cost, scalable, and accessible carbon capture solution.

Leilac-1 continues to play key R&D role

Our Leilac-1 pilot plant in Lixhe, Belgium, developed with a consortium of industry partners along with a grant from the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 programme, was built to provide a “proof of concept” for our Leilac decarbonisation technology. We met that goal, and the plant now continues to serve as a testbed for further research and development.

Join us – Leilac is hiring

Leilac’s purpose-driven team is growing as we develop, scale and implement decarbonisation solutions around the world. Discover available roles and register your interest here.

Meet some of the team

Rana Hawly

Simon Thomsen

Tom Hills

Youssef Aaraj