Keiron Philip Roberts

Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth

Keiron Roberts is a research fellow in low/ clean carbon technologies within the University of Portsmouth Research England funded GreenTech South Innovation hub. He is researching disruptive markets and policies to enable the uptake of new renewables, energy storage and market pricing to improve the islands energy autonomy as part of the Innovate UK funded Isle of Wight Energy Autonomous Community project. He is currently coordinating the UNEP IRP marine plastic litter think piece for delivery at the upcoming G20 events.

Keiron is a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton where he previously held the position of research fellow. He is contributing to two research projects investigating the potential application of the circular economy model within the operations of a large water and wastewater company (Southern Water, ZeroWIN), and part of the continued development of the solid waste infrastructure model of GB within the MISTRAL project (EPSRC funded), with outputs influencing the UK's waste management infrastructure. Prior to his postdoctoral work he completed a PhD funded by EPSRC and the EU FP7 All Gas project, investigating the use of marine micro algae for biogas production.

Keiron is a researcher with expertise in wastewater, solid waste and energy systems management and technologies, with a particular focus on sustainability and the circular economy.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, University of Portsmouth
  • 2016–2018
    Research fellow, University of Southampton
  • 2016–2016
    Research fellow, Open University

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Southampton, PGCE Secondary and Tertiary Physics
  • 2015 
    University of Southampton, PhD Civil Engineering
  • 2011 
    University of Southampton, MSci Oceanography

Publications

  • 2020
    Demand Response Model Development for Smart Households Using Time of Use Tariffs and Optimal Control—The Isle of Wight Energy Autonomous Community Case Study,
  • 2019
    Semi-continuous anaerobic digestion of the marine micro-algal species I. galbana and D. salina grown under low and high sulphate conditions,
  • 2018
    Applying circular economy thinking to industry by integrating education & research activities,
  • 2018
    SWIMS: A dynamic life cycle-based optimisation and decision support tool for solid waste management,
  • 2016
    Quantification of methane losses from the acclimatisation of anaerobic digestion to marine salt concentrations,
  • 2016
    Comparative testing of energy yields from micro-algal biomass cultures processed via anaerobic digestion,
  • 2013
    Dissolved trace metals (Ni, Zn, Co, Cd, Pb, Al, and Mn) around the Crozet Islands, Southern Ocean,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Smart Energy Systems - Isle of Wight Energy Autonomous Community
    Role:
    Primary researcher , determining the economic feasibility of novel energy systems and distribution methods.
    Funding Source:
    Innovate UK
  • 2019
    Newton Fund/ CEFAS travel grant
    Role:
    Travel grant to engage with researchers in Brazil
    Funding Source:
    Newton Fund
  • 2019
    Eliminating marine plastic litter
    Role:
    Primary researcher to inform the G20 on policies to reduce MPL
    Funding Source:
    Government of Japan
  • 2016
    MISTRAL
    Role:
    Researcher developing the Solid Waste Infrastructure Model (SWIMS) for the ITRC MISTRAL project
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2015
    Institute of physics scholarship
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    Institute of Physics
  • 2014
    FP7 All gas project
    Role:
    Knowledge exchange
    Funding Source:
    European Commission

Honours

MSci, PGCE, PhD