bio·​re·​fin·​ery | \ ˌbī-ō-ri-ˈfī-nə-rē How to pronounce biorefinery (audio) , -ˈfīn-rē \
plural biorefineries

Definition of biorefinery

: a facility that processes biological material (such as crop waste) to produce fuel (such as ethanol and biodiesel), electricity, and commercially useful chemicals (such as succinic acid) Meanwhile DuPont, the chemical giant, is figuring out how to construct a biorefinery fueled by corn stover—the stalk and leaves that are left in the field after farmers harvest their crop.— John J. Fialka et al.

Examples of biorefinery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A company called E3 Biofuels is about to fire up the most energy-efficient corn ethanol facility in the country: a $75 million state-of the-art biorefinery and feedlot capable of producing 25 million gallons of ethanol a year. Wired Staff, WIRED, "My Big Biofuels Bet," 1 Oct. 2006

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First Known Use of biorefinery

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Biorefinery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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