GE plans to acquire Monsal, a private U.K.-based water, waste, advanced anaerobic digestion, and integrated biogas-to-energy business, according to a company announcement.

With Monsal's anaerobic digestion technology, GE says it 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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"For many years, GE has been working to further the development of water reuse, wastewater and tough-to-treat water technologies,” said Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO, water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “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."

Monsal is one of the U.K.'s leading advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy businesses with more than  200 installed anaerobic digestion systems.