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  Monday, June 30th
8:00am - 9:45am

Dr. Sunita Satyapal
Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Presentation Title: An Overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities

Abstract: An overview of the U.S. Department of Energy hydrogen and fuel cell activities will be presented, focusing on key targets and progress towards meeting those targets through the applied research and development program within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Biography: 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 is responsible for the overall strategy, program execution and staff in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including oversight and coordination of approximately $100 million per year in research, development, demonstration and deployment activities.

Dr. Satyapal has more than 20 years of experience in academia, industry and government, including eight years at United Technologies. At DOE, she has served in various roles over the past 10 years, including Hydrogen Storage Lead and Chief Engineer, and has coordinated hydrogen and fuel cell activities with other agencies and international stakeholders. She was also a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College and a visiting scientist at Hokkaido University in Japan. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including in Scientific American, and has 10 patents issued. Dr. Satyapal received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and did her postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics and Physical Chemistry at Cornell University.

  Tuesday, July 1st

Dr. Shailesh D. Vora
Fuel Cells Technology Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Presentation Title: Status of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program

Abstract: The overall objective of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA), a U.S. Department of Energy program coordinated and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, is the development of advanced power generation system technology. Specifically, the systems being developed, for central-station (>100 MWe) application, and based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, are to be cost-effective and operate with high electric efficiency. Further, their designs must provide for effective carbon (CO2) capture, and they must restrict the emission of other pollutants (eg, Hg, NOx, SOx) and conserve water. Historically, the fuel basis for this development has been coal, our major domestic energy source. This continues to be the focus. However, the program is cognizant that the SOFC technology developed to meet design objectives could be adapted for implementation in advanced power generation systems fueled with natural gas. Thus, there could be strong synergy between efforts to develop advanced coal-fueled power generation, as in the SECA program, and any parallel effort by the program participants to develop natural gas-fueled distributed-generation SOFC power systems. A natural gas-fueled distributed power generation system could be first to the marketplace, which would provide early manufacturing and operational experience on large commercial scale that would benefit SOFC power system developments with both fuels. SECA program status will be reviewed.

Biography: Shailesh D. Vora is Fuel Cells Technology Manager at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He provides programmatic and technology leadership with respect to fuel cell-based power generation. Prior to joining DOE in 2010, Shailesh was Manger of fuel cell technology at Siemens.

Shailesh Received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

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