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Daniel Wendt

Research Engineer

Research Areas:
Geological and Water Engineering; Net Zero Waste in Manufacturing

Biography:
Daniel Wendt is a process engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory with 15 years of energy research experience. He has a strong background in hybrid systems, power cycle analysis, water purification, and renewable energy technologies including geothermal power and biofuel production. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from University of Idaho and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cornell University. As a research engineer assigned to Energy Resource Recovery and Sustainability Department, he has been a principal investigator in the effort to develop and field test a Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis prototype unit for the purification of produced waters from oil and gas production operations. His technical responsibilities include overseeing lab-scale testing required for process development and scale-up activities, as well as leading engineering efforts to select and design process equipment components necessary to advance SPS-FO technology toward meeting field testing performance goals and operational requirements.​

Education:

​M.E., Mechanical Engineering - University of Idaho

B.S., Chemical Engineering - Cornell University

Publications:
D. Wendt, C. Orme, G. Mines, and A. Wilson, "Energy requirements of the switchable polarity solvent forward osmosis (SPS-FO) water purification process," Desalination, vol. 374, pp. 81-91, 2015.

 
D. Wendt, G. Mines, C. Turchi, G. Zhu, S. Cohan, L. Angelini, et al., "Stillwater Hybrid Geo-Solar Power Plant Optimization Analysis," in GRC Transactions, vol 39, pp. 891-900, 2015.

 
D. Wendt, G. Mines, C. Orme, and A. Wilson, "Produced Water Treatment Using Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis (SPS-FO) Technology," in GRC Transactions, vol 39, pp. 671-674, 2015.

 
D. Wendt and G. Mines, "Use of a Geothermal-Solar Hybrid Power Plant to Mitigate Declines in Geothermal Resource Productivity," in GRC Transactions, vol 38, pp. 825-832, 2014.

 
C. Turchi, G. Zhu, M. Wagner, T. Williams, and D. Wendt, "Geothermal / Solar Hybrid Designs: Use of Geothermal Energy for CSP Feedwater Heating," in GRC Transactions, vol 38, pp. 817-823, 2014.

 
D. Wendt, P. Sabharwall, and V. Utgikar, "Technologies for Upgrading Light Water Reactor Outlet Temperature," in Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2013.

 
D. Wendt and G. Mines, "Simulation of Air-Cooled Organic Rankine Cycle Geothermal Power Plant Performance," Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID INL/EXT-13-30173, 2013.

 
G. Mines and D. Wendt, "Air-Cooled Condensers for Next Generation Geothermal Power Plants: Final Report," Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID INL/EXT-13-30178, 2013.

 
D. Wendt and G. Mines, "Effect of Mixed Working Fluid Composition on Binary Cycle Condenser Heat Transfer Coefficients," in GRC Transactions, vol 35, pp. 1365-1368, 2011.

 
D. Wendt and G. Mines, "Effect of Ambient Design Temperature on Air-Cooled Binary Plant Output," in GRC Transactions, vol 35, pp. 1357-1363, 2011.

 
W. Windes, C. Smith, D. Wendt, A. Erickson, J. Walraven, and P. Lessing, "Electrode coatings for high temperature hydrogen electrolysis," Journal of Materials Science, vol. 42, pp. 2717-2723, 2007.

 
D. Wendt, “INTEC SBW Solid Sludge Surrogate Recipe and Validation” Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, ICP/EXT-04-00415, June 2004.

 
N. Valles, D. Wendt, et al., “Sodium-Bearing Waste to WIPP Waste Optimization Study”, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, INEEL-EXT-99-00975, November 1999.

 
Patents:
​Ginosar, D.M., Wendt,D.S., Petkovic, L.M., 2014, "Methods for Recovering a Solvent from a Fluid Volume and Methods of Removing at Least One Compound from a Nonpolar Solvent," Patent 8,747,673 B2, June 10, 2014.

 
Ginosar, D.M., Wendt,D.S., 2012, "Methods For Recovering A Polar Solvent From A Fluid Stream Contaminated With At Least One Polar Impurity," Patent 8,308,954 B2, November 13, 2012.
Presentations:
​​​​​C. Orme, J. McNally, D. Wendt and A. Wilson “1-Cyclohexylpiperidine-CO2 Switchable Polarity Solvent (SPS) Draw Solution Performance Results,” North American Membrane Society Meeting, June 2015.

 
D. Wendt, G. Mines, and A. Wilson. “Forward Osmosis Purification of Co-Produced Water,” Presented at the 2015 DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review, Denver, Colorado, May 12, 2015.

 
D. Wendt, G. Mines, C. Turchi, and G. Zhu. “Geothermal Risk Reduction via Geothermal/Solar Hybrid Power Plants,” Presented at the 2015 DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review, Denver, Colorado, May 12, 2015.

 
G. Mines, D. Wendt, D. Bharathan and T. Williams, "Hybrid Geothermal Solar," Presented at the 2013 DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review, Denver, Colorado, April 22, 2013.

 
D. Wendt and G. Mines.  “Reducing the Impacts of Resource Temperature Degradation and Varying Ambient Temperature on Air-Cooled Binary Plant Performance,” Presented at the 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.  November 7-12, 2010.

 
J. Abodeely, D. Muth, D. Wendt, K. Kenney, D. McCorkle, and K. Bryden.  “Integration of Feedstock Assembly System and Cellulosic Ethanol Conversion Models to Analyze Bioenergy System Performance,” Presented at the 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas.  September 13-15, 2010.

 
D. Guillen and D. Wendt, “Review of Experimental Capabilities and Hydrodynamic Data for Validation of CFD Based Predictions for Slurry Bubble Column Reactors,” Presented at the 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. November 4-9, 2007.

 
D. Wendt, W. Windes, R. Bewley, “A Spouted Bed Reactor Monitoring System for Particulate Nuclear Fuel,” Presented at the 2007 Space Nuclear Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. June 25-27, 2007.

 
W. Windes, D. Wendt, R. Bewley, B. O’Brien, “Nitride Fuel Development at the INL,” Presented at the 2007 Space Nuclear Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. June 25-27, 2007.

 
D. Wendt and V. Maio, “The Preparation and Validation of a Rheologically Accurate Radioactive Waste Sludge Surrogate,” Presented at the 10th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Glasgow, Scotland. September 4-8, 2005.

 
R. Arbon, W. St. Michel, D. Haefner, D. Wendt, “Idaho Completion Project Hydrogen Gas Generation Testing Investigations,” Presented at the 2005 Waste Management Symposium, Tucson, Arizona. February 27 – March 3, 2005.

 
D. Wendt, M. McKellar, A. Podgorney, D. Stacey, T. Turner, and K. Raterman, “Absorption of CO2 by Aqueous Diethanolamine Solutions in a Vortex Tube Gas-Liquid Contactor and Separator,” Presented at the Second Annual Conference on Carbon Sequestration, Alexandria, Virginia. May 5-8, 2003.

 
Awards:
​R&D 100 Award, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt, 2010

 
Platts Global Energy Awards finalist, Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt, 2010

 
Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards runner up, Energy Research Division, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt, 2010

 
Gordon Battelle Prize for Technology Impact, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt,  2010

 
Federal Laboratory Consortium, Far West Region Award for Outstanding Technology Development, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt, 2010

 
Idaho Innovation Award, Supercritical Solid Catalyst Biodiesel Process, D. M. Ginosar, R. V. Fox, L. M. Petkovic, D. S. Wendt, 2010

 
Research Interests:
Hybrid systems
Power cycle analysis
Water purification
Renewable energy technologies, including geothermal power and biofuel production
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