feedstock

noun
feed·​stock | \ ˈfēd-ˌstäk How to pronounce feedstock (audio) \

Definition of feedstock

: raw material supplied to a machine or processing plant

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But pyrolysis, Opsomer adds, can be considered part of the circular economy if its outputs are used as feedstock for new high-quality materials—including durable plastics. Elizabeth Royte, National Geographic, "Is burning plastic waste a good idea?," 12 Mar. 2019 However, aggressive application of renewable energy, recycling, and biomass as a feedstock could keep emissions in 2050 on par with 2015 levels, the study noted. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Microplastics are raining down from the sky," 15 Apr. 2019 Chemicals firms in America, beaten down by rivals from the Middle East that enjoyed cheap feedstocks and others from China feasting on subsidised capital, had not invested in new local plants in years. The Economist, "America’s chemicals industry is booming. But politics may get in its way," 14 Apr. 2018 Prices are falling for used 777-200ERs as airlines replace them with the 787 and the Airbus A350, lowering the overall cost of feedstock aircraft and making conversions more economically feasible. Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Considers Turning Used 777s Into Cargo Planes," 4 Apr. 2018 However, analysts say that with price declines in substitute vegetable oils there has been a shift by larger companies into other oils for use as a feedstock or in biodiesel. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Oil Prices Are Slipping and Sliding," 7 Jan. 2019 Carbon intensity for fuels takes into account lifecycle carbon emissions, including any emissions created processing oil into gasoline, processing feedstock into ethanol, or transporting a fuel from a refinery to the point of sale. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel," 30 Sep. 2018 Biofuel producers only delivered about 20 billion gallons of biofuel to refiners in 2018, with advanced biofuels from algae and other low-impact feedstock falling particularly short of their individual goals. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA reconsidering biofuel targets after production goals are missed," 25 Nov. 2018 The company has a long-term contract with Canada's NOVA Chemicals Corporation, which will use the products as feedstock for plastics production. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Kinder Morgan opens new ethane pipeline in Ohio," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of feedstock

1932, in the meaning defined above

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