A Town of Lockport company is playing a role in a project that will supply power from an uncommon source to the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
DeltaPro Inc. is in the midst of shipping three large landfill gas compression packages to North Carolina, a project valued at $12 million. When installed, the units will generate 15 megawatts of power from landfill gas, with some of it supplied to the nearby race track.
"It's all green energy, really," said Joseph Merckel, DeltaPro's president.
The company plans to ship out the last of the three units today; they are expected to be installed within four to five months. Each of the three gas compression skids shipped by DeltaPro measures 30 feet long, 12 feet wide and 14 feet tall.
DeltaPro is working with Fortistar Methane Group, which owns and manages power assets. At the power plant project near the raceway in Concord, N.C., Fortistar is partnering with Republic Services and Duke Energy Carolinas.
Merckel said landfills such as the one in Concord already have a collection system for the gas; the power project allows the landfill gas to be used in generating power, instead of simply burning it off.
Fortistar on its website describes landfill gas as a readily available, local and alternative energy source that offsets the need for fossil fuels. The gas can be converted and used in a variety of ways, such as generating electricity, heat or steam; or as an alternative vehicle fuel.
DeltaPro has been in business for four years and has 34 employees. The company also makes power plant equipment that runs on natural and "syngas," or synthetic gas derived from coal or oil.