International Women’s Day – Women in hydrogen: Sunita Satyapal

This interview is part of H2 View’s series celebrating women in hydrogen as part of International Women’s Day. The below interview is with Sunita Satyapal, Director of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Coordinator of the US Hydrogen Program at the US Department of Energy.

Sunita, thanks for giving H2 View your time. We’re celebrating the women working in hydrogen this International Women’s Day. So, what first sparked your interest in hydrogen and working in this industry?

Sunita Satyapal (SS): For me, the main interest was the versatility of hydrogen and the potential to have impact, on multiple fronts –  in terms of emissions reduction, resiliency, energy security, diversification of resources and end uses. Just the fact that hydrogen provides so much more optionality and positive benefit.

I should also add that one of my first positions was in industry at United Technologies. One of the business units there built the hydrogen fuel cells for space applications and also for stationary fuel cells. They were one of the leading companies, one of the first companies involved in hydrogen fuel cells. That also sparked my interest.

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