The Hydrogen Economy: How Scotland is overcoming challenges with scaling up hydrogen production

Explore the most promising energy transition technologies in Scotland

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Gunther Newcombe OBE
Energy Consultant

Gunther has over 45 years experience working in the energy sector spending 35 years working with BP, in areas ranging from exploration right through to decommissioning in a number of senior leadership positions, followed by 5 years as Operations Director with the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), including working on the development of integrated energy hubs.

At the end of 1Q 2020 Gunther stepped down from the NSTA and started working on the development of an energy hub project called ORION (Opportunity for Renewables Integration with Offshore Networks), centred around the Shetland region, with an ambition to develop and produce green H2 for use on Shetland and export, transform Shetland dependency on fossil fuels to renewable energy, and facilitate decarbonization of the oil and gas sector.

Gunther also provides energy transition advice to other clients in Ireland and the Welsh/Cornish Celtic Sea.

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Sonja van Renssen
Editor-in-Chief, Energy Monitor

Sonja van Renssen is editor-in-chief of Energy Monitor, GlobalData's flagship energy title. We're a fully digital, data-led publication dedicated to the global energy transition. Sonja also oversees GD's other energy-related sites, Power Technology, Mining Technology and Offshore Technology. She's a climate and energy journalist based in Brussels with >15 years experience in the sector.

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Colin Pritchard
Sustainability Director, INEOS Grangemouth

Colin Pritchard is a chemical engineer by training, with over 30 years-experience in the refining, petrochemical, oil & gas and energy sectors in a variety of roles covering technical, operational, environmental and commercial responsibilities.

In 2013, Colin became Energy Business Manager, leading commercial aspects of energy and utilities delivered to the INEOS & Petroineos businesses at Grangemouth, which included responsibility for emissions trading and plans to reduce these emissions.

This led to his involvement in creation of the Net Zero Roadmap for INEOS at Grangemouth during 2021, and subsequently his appointment as Sustainability Director at the beginning of 2022, to oversee delivery of the roadmap.

Colin is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where he contributes his experience from the Energy Intensive Industries sector to support the valuable research of the Centre.

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Andy Vaughan
Senior International Executive, Scottish Development International

Andy is a Senior International Executive at Scottish Development International and specialist in Inward Investment.  He was educated at the University of Strathclyde, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Electrical Power Engineering with Business, and after several years in the private sector, has spent the last ten years assisting globally Headquartered companies to set-up in Scotland.  His current area of focus is Scotland’s up and coming Hydrogen sector.

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Jamie Robinson
Hydrogen Specialist, Low Carbon Transition Team, Scottish Enterprise

Jamie has been a hydrogen specialist in the low carbon transition team at Scottish Enterprise for the past 2 and a half years. This role involves working with project developers, supply chain companies, inward investors, government and many other stakeholders to enable the development of the hydrogen sector in Scotland and to maximise the resultant economic benefits for Scotland. Previous roles have included sector specialist in local energy systems and supporting Scottish companies with European innovation funding applications for low carbon projects. Jamie has a 1st class honours BSc in Physics and an MSc with distinction in Renewable Energy Engineering.

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