CSW Dinner Meeting – November 8, 2018


Join the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office for an exciting opportunity to get up-close, learn more about and sit in the world’s first commercial hydrogen fuel cell cars. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will have one of these vehicles available at the CSW November 8th meeting for all attendees to see.   FCTO has funded early-stage hydrogen and fuel cells research and development enabling a 60% reduction in fuel cell cost, a fourfold increase in fuel cell durability and an 80% cut in the cost of electrolyzers over the past decade.  You can learn more about this exciting technology and the work FCTO funds to enable hydrogen and fuel cell technological breakthroughs at energy.gov/fuelcells.


Join us on Thursday, November 8th, for the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) dinner meeting.  RSVP by noon Tuesday, November 6, to [email protected]

Dr. Sunita Satyapal

Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Innovation and Emerging Technology Perspectives in
Hydrogen and Fuel cells at the U.S. Department of Energy




Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  She has been responsible for roughly $100 million per year in hydrogen and fuel cell research and development activities and has over two and a half decades of experience across academia, industry and government, including at United Technologies and as a visiting professor at Vassar College. She joined DOE in 2003, serving first as hydrogen storage lead and then chief engineer, and has been the Director since 2010. She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, 10 patents, and a number of recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and did her postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.


Today the technology around generating efficient and sustainable energy is rapidly evolving and hydrogen and fuel cells are emerging, versatile examples within a portfolio of options. Dr. Sunita Satyapal will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) activities within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) focusing on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  This is an exciting time in the fuel cell industry with several thousand commercial fuel cell vehicles now sold or leased, hundreds of fueling stations worldwide, and more than a quarter of a million stationary fuel cells providing clean, reliable power.  DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) addresses key technical barriers faced by hydrogen and fuel cells through a comprehensive portfolio of early-stage research and development (R&D) with the potential to meet technical and cost targets that enable competitiveness with incumbent technologies in the market, aligned with national priorities.

The presentation will cover DOE’s H2@Scale initiative which will enable innovations to generate cost-competitive hydrogen as an energy carrier, coupling renewables, as well as nuclear, fossil fuels, and the grid, to enhance the economics of both baseload power plants (nuclear and coal with sequestration) and intermittent solar and wind, enhancing resiliency and avoiding curtailment.  Hydrogen can be stored, distributed and used as a fuel or feedstock in transportation, stationary or back-up power and multiple industrial sectors, while creating an additional revenue stream for existing baseload and variable generation assets. The presentation will also provide an overview of national and regional efforts within the United States related to hydrogen and fuel cells and potential opportunities within the region.

Meeting Logistics

Date:           Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time:          6:00 p.m. Check-in/Social Hour
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Location:   ACS Headquarters – Marvel Hall
1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC

Menu:   Meal will be catered by Gepetto Catering and will feature Teriyaki London broil (grilled skirt steak topped with fresh ginger, lemongrass, cilantro and soy), Lemon Caper Salmon Fillet (roasted salmon fillets presented with  a lemon, caper and rosemary sauce).  Grilled seasonal vegetables, gorgonzola green salad, rolls & butter.  Vegetarian (Vegan) Option: Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce.   Dessert:  Assorted cake slices.  Assorted beverages will be provided.

Cost:   $22 (Members and guests) / $11 (Students and High School Teachers)

RSVP by noon Tuesday, November 6, to [email protected] (preferred) or by phone (messages only: 202.659.2650). Please provide the names in your party when you RSVP, and if you wish to have the meat or vegetarian option. The public is invited to attend. You may attend the talk only, but reservations are appreciated. If you need any further information or would like to make a reservation, please contact the CSW office by email at [email protected] or by voicemail at 202.659.2650.

Parking:  Parking is available in nearby commercial parking garages. Please be aware that garage closing times vary. Parking is also available on the street after 6:30 pm, but be aware that most parking meters are in effect until 10:00 pm and may be limited to 2 hours. You should check the individual meters for details and payment methods as some are no longer coin-operated.

Metro:  Blue/Orange/Silver Line: McPherson Square or Farragut West.
Red Line: Farragut North