GE has agreed to acquire Monsal, a private UK-based water,
waste, advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated
biogas-to-energy business, officials said on Tuesday.
With Monsal's advanced anaerobic digestion technology and
industry knowledge, GE will be able to help municipalities
and industrial manufacturers shift from disposing wastewater
treatment byproducts to generating renewable energy and other
value from their streams.
The acquisition of Monsal will enhance GE's wastewater
treatment product offerings and further GE's commitment to
energy reduction in wastewater treatment, according to
GE will use its global reach, as well as commercial and
execution capability, to take Monsal's technology, integrate
it with its own and proliferate it across the world.
"For many years, GE has been working to further the
development of water reuse, wastewater and tough-to-treat
water technologies," said Heiner Markhoff, CEO of water and
process technologies for GE Power & Water. "The
acquisition of Monsal, with its advanced anaerobic digestion
, will enable us to
provide our customers with more energy-efficient options for
water treatment solutions. Now our wastewater treatment
solutions can be combined with new, advanced anaerobic
digestion technologies to convert biosolids to renewable
sources of energy for our customers."
Monsal, based in Mansfield, UK, provides advanced technology
to treat biosolids and
biowaste and convert it into renewable energy and saleable
byproducts. Anaerobic digestion is a biological process in
which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the
absence of oxygen.
"GE's global expertise and reach in the municipal and
industrial water treatment industry is world class and is
very complementary to Monsal's advanced digestion
capabilities and our overall strategy for international expansion
," said Aidan
Cumiskey, managing director of Monsal. "Joining the GE family
will allow Monsal to bring our technologies to a
significantly broader audience as well as give us R &D
capabilities at a much larger scale than we have now. We
expect to expand our product and technology
range with the GE
resource, so that we become the 'go-to' company globally for
One of the end products is biogas, which can be combusted to
generate electricity and heata feature that GE Power
& Water's distributed power business can achieve with
Jenbacher gas engines, according to GE Officials.
Monsal is one of the UK's leading advanced anaerobic
digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy businesses with
over 200 installed anaerobic digestion systems. Monsal has
particular expertise in optimizing anaerobic digestion assets
to create strategic renewable energy centers for the water
and waste markets.