pilot plant

noun
an experimental industrial plant in which processes or techniques planned for use in full-scale operation are tested in advance.

Origin:
1935–40

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pilot plant
 
n
a small-scale industrial plant in which problems can be identified and solved before the full-scale plant is built

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His pilot plant here is the largest in the nation burning coal using this method.
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