“The potential for Scotland to become a green hydrogen exporter.”

Join us in Edinburgh for the annual James Watt Lecture to hear more about Scotland’s position as a potential exporter of Hydrogen to continental Europe.
With networking reception and dinner afterwards.

The Scottish Energy Forum annual James Watt Lecture


Scotland, has vast onshore and offshore renewable resources, and the ambition to become a net exporter of green energy by 2045.

The Scottish government funded Hydrogen Backbone Link (HBL) project is a key early enabler for this, providing cost-effective transportation to market for Scottish hydrogen producers and supporting the transition to a low-carbon energy system.

Most recently, the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has been awarded £200,000 from Scottish Government to advance critical research to demonstrate the feasibility and economic opportunity of exporting hydrogen from Scotland to Germany and solidify the case for infrastructure investment.


Our speakers, will address:

How can green hydrogen be exported from Scotland?

Martyn Tulloch NZTC Director of Energy Transition will offer an overview of the NZTC work on Energy Hubs, H2 Backbone & Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC)

The potential for Shetland, Orkney & Western Isles to become a green H2 powerhouse

Gunther Newcombe Energy Transition Advisor NewByrne Consultants will share progress on the  with the repiurposing of oil & gas infrastructure

How the Scottish Government is working to enable green hydrogen to become an export opportunity.

Dr Alexandra Stein Scottish Government European Hydrogen Envoy


We look forward to hearing insights from 4 speakers:

Alexandra Stein was recently appointed the Scottish Government’s international hydrogen representative, with a special emphasis on strengthening relationships with Germany and across northern Europe. This role builds on her experience as Director of the Scottish Government’s Office in Germany (2018–2023), which included over three years of extensive engagement on hydrogen. The role includes leading Scotland’s international hydrogen engagement and partnership working with governments, clusters, major projects, ports, investors and business. It has a particular focus on Germany and the German states, whilst also working with other North Sea neighbours such as Norway, Denmark and Ireland on the supply side, and the Netherlands and Belgium on the demand side, to position Scotland as a European green hydrogen hub.

Martyn Tulloch leads the Net Zero Technology Centre’s pursuit of strategic energy transition projects and activity; including identifying and developing strategic partnerships and alliances, nationally and internationally, to augment NZTC growth.  A chartered engineer who has worked in both the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors over the last 25 years, he believes that the skills, experience and infrastructure established over the last five decades in the UK offshore energy sector will have a pivotal role to play if Europe is to meet its net-zero targets.

Gunther Newcombe has over 45 years’ experience working in the energy sector spending 35 years working with BP, in areas ranging from exploration through to decommissioning in several senior leadership positions, followed by 5 years as Operations Director with the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA). Since 2020 Gunther has been working as an energy advisor with local councils, energy developers and investors on the development of clean energy hubs, including the transition from oil & gas, and has worked on projects in Shetland, Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall. Gunther was awarded an OBE for his services to the oil & gas sector in the late Queens end year 2020 Honours list.

Christiane Hullman, German Consul General in Edinburgh

Christiane Hullmann took up the position as Consul General in Edinburgh in July 2023. Beforehand, she was Head of the Western Balkans Division at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Previously, she had been working at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the German Embassy in Kyiv.

Assignments also included the Human Resources Division and the EU Department at the Federal Foreign Office. She entered the Federal Foreign Office in 2003 and is a lawyer by training. She was born in Oldenburg (Lower Saxony), studied in Bonn and Geneva and completed her practical judicial training in Berlin.


Taking place in the Princess Royal Suite at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh’s New Town, the format for this event will be as follows

– 5.30pm Doors Open (Tea and Coffee will be available in the bar on arrival)

– 6.00pm Seminar commences in the Hepburn Suite with introductions from the Scottish Energy Forum with Angela Mathis

– 7.15pm Drinks reception

– 8.00pm Dinner in the Douglas Room  Over dinner we will continue the discussion under Chatham House Rule

-10.00pm Event Close



We are expecting a very busy event with very limited space remaining. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate extra diners on the night.

Bookings should be made using the link below