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JAL plans Japan's first waste-to-fuel plant

Japan Airlines hopes to be converting trash into fuel by 2020.

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines is building the country's first demonstration facility for turning trash into fuel in Chiba Prefecture as it strives to put the technology to practical use by 2020.

     JAL has begun working with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Toyo Engineering and other partners on a basic design for the plant, which is expected to cost just under 5 billion yen ($45 million). The facility will turn hydrogen and carbon monoxide generated at a waste disposal plant in Chiba into jet fuel using catalytic agents.

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