Julio Friedmann

Chief Scientist, Carbon Direct

Dr. Julio Friedmann is Chief Scientist and Chief Carbon Wrangler at Carbon Direct. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean energy deployment. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, where he led the Carbon Management Research Initiative. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist, where he worked for 15 years.

Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon capture and sequestration. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies, NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and government agencies foreign and domestic. His expertise also includes oil and gas production, international clean energy engagements, and earth science.

Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. He worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, then as a research scientist at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Sunita Satyapal leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell activities and has two and a half decades of experience in hydrogen across government and industry. She’s been called various names such “Dr. Hydrogen” or the “Joan of Arc” or “Mother Theresa” of hydrogen – due to her many years and steadfast support for hydrogen throughout its ups and downs. She was also unanimously elected chair of an international government partnership on hydrogen by over 20 countries in 2018 and now serves as vice chair, also coordinating other global and national hydrogen activities. So it’s good to have a representative from the U.S. who has both research and business perspectives and is also so engaged in hydrogen worldwide.


Podcast Guest Appearances

Has Hydrogen’s Moment Finally Arrived?

For decades, hydrogen has been considered the fuel of the future. Now, with a slew of new U.S. tax incentives, research and funding, its moment may have finally arrived. Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table – the lightest element and the most abundant. Currently it’s used in many different applications: from steel manufacturing to ammonia and fertilizer. But it also has potential as a renewable fuel source and for long-term energy storage.