Dr Mike   Roberts
Senior Research Associate

Dr Mike Roberts

PhD (Renewable Energy Engineering) - UNSW Sydney, 2019

BSc Physics (1st Class Hons) - University of Manchester (UK), 1987

Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), 1989

Engineering
Sch: PV & Renewable Energ

I am a Senior Research Associate in the School for Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) and the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM)

My research is focused on increasing deployment and integration of distributed renewable energy generation into the electricity system and includes technical and economic data analysis, qualitative user research and policy approaches for a user-centred energy transition. Particular interests include distributed photovoltaics, demand response, home energy management and energy user behaviours, domestic and community energy storage, Virtual Power Plants, embedded networks and mini-grids, solar potential assessment, electric vehicles, energy resilience and community renewable energy.

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Kuch D; Stringer N; Marshall L; Young S; Roberts M; Macgill I; Bruce A; Passey R, 2019, 'An Energy Data Manifesto', in Good Data, Institute of Networked Cultures, Amsterdam, pp. 77 - 93, http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/tod-29-good-data/
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Huxham G; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2016, 'Using PV to help meet Common Property Energy Demand in Residential Apartment Buildings', in Proceedings of the Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity, University of Technology, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/ssep2016.522
    Books | 1996
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Callaway MP; Hulse P, 1996, Key Questions in Radiology, CRC Press
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Yildiz B; Roberts M; Bilbao JI; Heslop S; Bruce A; Dore J; MacGill I; Egan RJ; Sproul AB, 2021, 'Assessment of control tools for utilizing excess distributed photovoltaic generation in domestic electric water heating systems', Applied Energy, vol. 300, pp. 117411 - 117411, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117411
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Yildiz B; Bilbao JI; Roberts M; Heslop S; Dore J; Bruce A; MacGill I; Egan RJ; Sproul AB, 2021, 'Analysis of electricity consumption and thermal storage of domestic electric water heating systems to utilize excess PV generation', Energy, vol. 235, pp. 121325 - 121325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.121325
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Fina B; Roberts MB; Auer H; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2021, 'Exogenous influences on deployment and profitability of photovoltaics for self-consumption in multi-apartment buildings in Australia and Austria', Applied Energy, vol. 283, pp. 116309 - 116309, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116309
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2019, 'Opportunities and barriers for photovoltaics on multi-unit residential buildings: Reviewing the Australian experience', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 104, pp. 95 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.12.013
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Haghdadi N; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2019, 'Characterisation of Australian apartment electricity demand and its implications for low-carbon cities', Energy, vol. 180, pp. 242 - 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.04.222
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2019, 'Impact of shared battery energy storage systems on photovoltaic self-consumption and electricity bills in apartment buildings', Applied Energy, vol. 245, pp. 78 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.04.001
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2019, 'A comparison of arrangements for increasing self-consumption and maximising the value of distributed photovoltaics on apartment buildings', Solar Energy, vol. 193, pp. 372 - 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2019.09.067
  • Reports | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Abdullah-Vetter Z; Dehghanimadvar M; Nair S; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2021, Powering a sporting nation: Rooftop solar potential for Australian soccer
    Reports | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Abdullah-Vetter Z; Dehghanimadvar M; Nair S; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2021, Powering a sporting nation: Rooftop solar potential for AFL
    Reports | 2021
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Abdullah-Vetter Z; Ramsden C; Nair S; Dehghanimadvar M; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2021, Powering a sporting nation: Rooftop solar potential of Australian cricket
    Reports | 2020
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Adams S; Kuch D, 2020, VPP User Research - Final Report
    Reports | 2020
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Heywood P; Ramsden C; Nair S; Abdullah-Vetter Z; McCoy B; Nicholls A; Caton E; Copper J; Bruce A, 2020, Sunny side up: how schools, prisons and libraries can power Queensland’s renewable future, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.20897.22880
    Reports | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Copper J; Bruce A; Barton T; Hu R, 2019, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Perth, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.25504.61445
    Reports | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Nagrath K; Briggs C; Copper J; Bruce A; Mckibben J, 2019, How much Rooftop Solar can be Installed in Australia? Report for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Property Council of Australia, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.25871.02722, http://apvi.org.au/http/apviorgau/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/isf-rooftop-solar-potential-report-final-.pdf
    Reports | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Bruce A; Macgill I; Copper J; Haghdadi N, 2019, Photovoltaics on Apartment Buildings, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.19099.11042/1
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Copper J; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2018, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Adelaide, Australian Photovoltaic Institute, http://apvi.org.au/spatial-analysis-of-solar-potential-in-adelaid/
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Copper J; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2018, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Canberra, APVI
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Copper J; Bruce A; Barton T; Haghdadi N; Hu R, 2018, Solar Trends Report 2018
    Reports | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Copper J; Roberts M; Bruce A, 2017, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Melbourne, Australian Photovoltaic Institute, http://apvi.org.au/spatial-analysis-of-solar-potential-in-melbourne/
    Reports | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Copper JK; Roberts MB; Bruce A, 2017, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Sydney, Climate Media Centre / APVI, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.18222.41286, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316984620_Spatial_Analysis_of_Solar_Potential_in_Sydney
    Reports | 2016
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Copper J; Roberts MB; Bruce A, 2016, Spatial Analysis of Solar Potential in Brisbane, APVI, Australian PV Institute / Climate Media Centre, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.23321.21606, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/314680329_Spatial_Analysis_of_Solar_Potential_in_Brisbane
  • Conference Papers | 2020
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Jäger-Waldau A; Adinolfi G; Batlle A; Braun M; Bucher C; Roberts M, 2020, 'Self-consumption of electricity produced with photovoltaic systems in apartment buildings - Update of the situation in various IEA PVPS countries', in roceedings of the IEEE PVSC-47, 15 June – 21 August, 2020 Virtual Meeting, Virtual Meeting, presented at IEEE PVSC-47, Virtual Meeting, 15 June 2020 - 21 August 2020
    Other | 2020
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Stringer N; Bruce A; Roberts M; Adams S; Macgill I; Purnell K; Zhou H, 2020, Submission to the AER consultation paper: Assessing DER integration expenditure, https://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/Centre%20for%20Energy%20and%20Environmental%20Markets%20-%20Submission%20to%20AER%20assessing%20distributed%20energy%20resources%20integration%20expenditure%20-%20January%202020.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Jäger-Waldau A; Adinolfi A; Batlle A; Braun M; Bucher C; Detollenaere A; Frederiksen K; Graditi G; Lemus RG; Lindahl J; Heilscher G; Kraiczy M; Masson G; Mather B; Mayr C; Moneta D; Mugnier D; Nikoletatos J; Neubourg G; Platt G; Roberts MB, 2019, 'Electricity produced from photovoltaic systems in apartment buildings and self-consumption - Comparison of the situation in various IEA PVPS countries', Chicago, USA, presented at IEEE PVSC-46At, Chicago, USA, 24 June 2019
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Heslop S; Roberts M; Yildiz B; Bruce A; Egan R; Macgill I, 2019, 'A characterisation of air conditioning consumption in Australia’s eastern capitals', in Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Australian PV Institute, Canberra, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, 03 December 2019
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Sharma A; Roberts M; Macgill I, 2019, 'Analyzing Economic Benefits of Installing Rooftop PV on Real Apartment Buildings', in Proceedings of Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Canberra, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Canberra, 03 December 2019 - 05 December 2019
    Theses / Dissertations | 2019
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M, 2019, The value of co-operation: Opportunities for deployment of rooftop photovoltaics on Australian apartment buildings, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.10457.67682
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2018, 'Collective Prosumerism: Accessing the Potential of Embedded Networks to Increase the Deployment of Distributed Generation on Australian Apartment Buildings', in 2018 IEEE International Energy Conference, Limasol, Cyprus, pp. 1 - 6, presented at 2018 IEEE International Energy Conference, Limasol, Cyprus, 03 June 2018 - 07 June 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ENERGYCON.2018.8398770
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Jäger-Waldau A; Bucher C; Frederiksen KHB; Massone G; Guerro-Lemus R; Mather B; May C; Nikoletatos J; Moneta D; Roberts M, 2018, 'Self-consumption of electricity produced from PV systems in apartment buildings - Comparison of the situation in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA', in 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC) (A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC & 34th EU PVSEC), IEEE, Waikaloa Village, HI, USA, pp. 1424 - 1430, presented at The 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Power Conversion, Waikaloa Village, HI, USA, 10 June 2018 - 15 June 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547583
    Software / Code | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M, 2018, Multi-Occupancy Residential Electricity with PV and Storage (morePVs) Model, Python script, Published: 2018, Software / Code, https://github.com/mike-b-roberts/morePVs
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Copper J; Bruce A, 2018, 'Analysis of Rooftop Solar Potential on Australian Residential Buildings', in Proceedings APSRC 2018, Australian Photovoltaic Institute, Sydney, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, 04 December 2018 - 06 December 2018, http://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/077_DI_Roberts_M_2018.pdf
    Submissions to Government | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; passey R; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2017, Submission in response to the AEMC’s draft report on the review of regulatory arrangements for embedded networks
    Submissions to Government | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Stringer N; Roberts M; Young S; Passey R; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2017, Submission in response to the AEMC’s Distribution Market Model draft report, AEMC Project Number SEA0004, http://ceem.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/2017-07-05_1010%20submission%20DMM.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2017, 'PV on Apartment Buildings - Which Side of the Meter?', in PV on Apartment Buildings - Which Side of the Meter?, Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Melbourne, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Melbourne, 05 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
    Other | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Macgill I; Passey R, 2017, Submission in response to the NSW Dept of Planning & Environment Discussion Paper on Consumer Protections, http://ceem.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/APVI%20CEEM%20Submission%20to%20NSW%20Consumer%20Protections%20Review.pdf
    Other | 2017
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Passey R; Bruce A; Macgill I, 2017, Submission to AEMC Review of Regulatory Arrangements for Embedded Networks, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.15457.30560
    Other | 2016
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB, 2016, Domestic microgeneration: renewable and distributed energy technologies, policies and economics, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2016.1195098
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts MB; Huxham G; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2016, 'Using PV to help meet Common Property Energy Demand in Residential Apartment Buildings', in 2016 Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity, Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity, Sydney, presented at Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity, Sydney, 24 February 2016 - 26 February 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.2640.6009
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr Mike Roberts
    Roberts M; Bruce A; MacGill I, 2015, 'PV in Australian Apartment Buildings – Opportunities and Barriers', in Egan R; Passey R (ed.), Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Australian PV Institute, Brisbane, presented at Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Brisbane, 08 December 2015 - 10 December 2015, http://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/index.php?aam_media=2390

Awards

Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

Grants

Media