About Us

World-Leading Technology

Using world-leading CO2 capture technology, Hot Lime Labs produces clean and sustainable CO2 from waste wood and in the future, other biomass. Our technology uses patented limestone pellets combined with novel engineering to produce clean CO2, a key plant nutrient used in high-tech hydroponic greenhouses. This allows growers to reduce their carbon footprint while being more cost-effective, providing a green alternative to the traditional fossil-based sources of CO2: natural gas and liquid CO2.

Our Origins

Hot Lime Labs was founded in 2014 using technology originally developed at Callaghan Innovation. Dr Vlatko Materic, founder and CEO of Hot Lime Labs, had been researching and working on CO2 capture systems for large scale thermal power plants for over a decade at the former government research institute, Industrial Research Limited – now Callaghan Innovation. It was during this time he developed the Hot Lime capture technology.

The technology showed great promise for this application, however, the economic drivers did not exist for power plant operators to justify the additional costs of installing and operating CO2 capture system using the technology. Fast forward 10 years and Vlatko discovered the vast unmet demand for clean CO2 in the greenhouse industry and quickly found that both technology and commercial drivers were well aligned.

Vlatko founded Hot Lime Labs and secured its first private investment in late 2017. To date, he has led the company from initial ideation, growing the team to now commissioning the first pilot plant with a leading New Zealand commercial grower.

At Hot Lime Labs our goal is to decarbonise the greenhouse horticulture industry, enabling greenhouses to be not only highly productive and efficient but also sustainable.

Our People

The growing team behind Hot Lime Labs is made up of a diverse range of skilled, educated and hard-working people. We are a close-knit, like-minded team. We don’t hire people to fit into roles, more fit a role around a person. This allows us to not only build innovative technology but also our people and ensure we are doing what works. If you think you may be a good fit for our team, be sure to get in touch!

The Team

Adeline Bartoletti
Commercial Process Engineer

Jonien Botha
Office Manager

Mat Enright
Infrastructure & Logistics

Francis Fowler
Mechanical Engineer

Patrick Herd
Electrical Engineer

Vlatko Materic
CEO/CTO

Tom Meaclem
Research & Development Engineer

Mohammad Nusheh
Lead R&D Scientist

Tijs Robinson
COO

Santiago Rosas
Junior R&D Chemical Engineer

Felicia Ullstad
Software & Automation Engineer

Chloe Wilson
Marketing & Business Executive

Our Board

David Williams
Chair

Garry Bluett

Tijs Robinson

Vlatko Materic