biorefinery

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 Grind bales at a biorefinery in a 90-minute closed-loop process. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 9 Oct. 2022 The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 The feedstock for the biorefinery will be transported in by truck from two off-site locations, one in Indiana and one in Illinois. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 These transactions won't begin until 2026 as Velocys builds out a new biorefinery in Mississippi capable of producing such fuels at volume. Dan Carson, Chron, 10 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biorefinery was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“Biorefinery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biorefinery. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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