Sunita Satyapal

Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, DOE

Dr. Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and coordinates activities across offices for the U.S. DOE Hydrogen Program. She is responsible for more than $1.6 billion in hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities within the office and for coordinating more than $9.5 billion in hydrogen activities across DOE. She has more than two and a half decades of experience across industry, academia, and government, including at United Technologies managing research and business development, and as a visiting professor. She also coordinates international hydrogen activities as Vice-Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a partnership among over 20 countries to accelerate progress in hydrogen and is the U.S. co-lead for hydrogen efforts within the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and did postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, 10 patents, and a number of recognitions including two Presidential Rank Awards.

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.