GE to Develop Capabilities of Generating Renewable Energy from Biosolids and Biowaste

published: 2014-07-02 14:58 | editor: | category: News

Monsal, a private U.K.-based water, waste, advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy business, is now officially acquired by GE’s water business. The acquisition will enhance GE’s wastewater treatment product offerings and further GE’s commitment to energy reduction in wastewater treatment.

“For many years, GE has been working to further the development of water reuse, wastewater and tough-to-treat water technologies. The acquisition of Monsal, with its advanced anaerobic digestion technology, 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,” said Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.

“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, 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 anaerobic digestion,”

Monsal, based in Mansfield, U.K., 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. One of the end products is biogas, which can be combusted to generate electricity and heat—a feature that GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business can achieve with Jenbacher gas engines. With Monsal’s 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. 

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