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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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 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 But such schemes rely on feedstock at below-market prices, so divert resources that might be better used elsewhere. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018 Ethane is used in plastics production and as a petrochemical feedstock. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of feedstock

1932, in the meaning defined above

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