feed·​stock | \ˈfēd-ˌstäk \

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: raw material supplied to a machine or processing plant

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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 When there’s no local production capacity, the feedstock must be shipped out of the country and shipped back after refining. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018 The plant provides feedstocks to Valero's other Gulf Coast operations, and it's connected by pipeline to the Valero Houston Refinery. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Explosion, large fire at Texas City plant," 19 Apr. 2018 The second feedstock, N2, is easily separated from air, which is 78% nitrogen. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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