Photo/IllutrationThe Asahi Shimbun

NAGOYA--Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to produce jet fuel derived from Japanese woodchips in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the aviation industry.

The utility said it will build a facility at its Shin-Nagoya thermal power plant in Nagoya’s Minato Ward by next summer that can produce 20 liters of bio jet fuel a day.

High-temperature vapor and highly pure water are available at the site to gasify or liquefy the woodchips into the fuel.

The biofuel will be mixed with petroleum-based fuel to meet international quality standards for aviation fuel.

The investment amount is undisclosed.

Chubu Electric is joining the project of the government-affiliated New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which involves the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other entities.

NEDO envisions the commercialization of bio jet fuel around 2030, adding that the woodchip-derived fuel could be tested for aircraft during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The organization also plans to test aviation fuel made from algae to help lower CO2 emissions.