Dr. Valerie Eveloy

Dr. Valerie Eveloy

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Office: +971 (0)2 607 5533
Email: valerie.eveloy@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Valerie Eveloy has over twenty years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering.  Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of Khalifa University), the University of Maryland-College Park, and Nokia. Since joining KU/PI, she has led as principal investigator sponsored research projects focusing on the sustainability enhancement of energy, water and environmental systems, including for energy-intensive industrial processes and facilities such as in the hydrocarbon sector.  Specific topics include waste energy utilization, solid oxide fuel cell/electrolyser systems, power-to-gas, multi-generation, energy-efficiency enhancement of seawater desalination, district cooling, liquefied natural gas exergy recovery, heat exchanger optimization, and computational fluid dynamics analysis of electronic systems, fuel cells, and atmospheric hazardous gas dispersion. She has actively published in these areas in leading journals.  She is currently serving as topic editor for several international energy journal special issues, and special session organizer/chair at international energy energy conferences.  She has received several research awards and the Academic of Distinction Leadership Excellence for Women Award (LEWA) recognizing professional excellence in women in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional energy sector in 2017.  Dr. Eveloy is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and a member of ASME.

Advisor to the following students & staffs:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Antoine Diana

M.Sc. Students

  • Yazan Alhazaimeh
  • Mr. Ramy Kandil
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland (2003)
  • MSc, Physical Engineering, National Institute of Applied Science, France (1994)
  • MEEG 222/MEEN 240/MEEG365 Thermodynamics
  • MEEG 354/MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEG 385/MEEN343 Heat Transfer
  • MEEG 410 Viscous and Boundary Layer Flows
  • MEEN 441 Applied Thermodynamics
  • MEEG 454 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Cryogenics
  • MECH 486/MEEN 480 Sustainable Energy/Renewable Energy Technologies
  • MEEG 490/491 Mechanical Engineering Design I/II
  • MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MEEG 577/MEEN 607, Sustainable Energy Production and Utilization/Sustainable Energy
  • MEEN 614 Advanced Energy Conversion
  • MEEN 742 Advanced Convection Heat Transfer

Research Topics

  • Waste energy utilization, multi-generation
  • Solid oxide fuel cell/electrolyser systems, power-to-gas
  • Energy-efficiency enhancement of seawater desalination
  • District cooling
  • Liquefied natural gas exergy recovery
  • Heat exchanger optimization; polymeric heat exchangers
  • Computational fluid dynamics analysis of heat exchangers, fuel cells, electronic systems, and atmospheric harzardous gas dispersion

Recent Research Projects

  • “Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based Environmental Gas Dispersion Modeling within ADNOC” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Co-Principal Investigator, 2018).

ADNOC “Stage Gate 1” technology transition was achieved from research (TRL 1-3) to development (TRL 4-6) of the CFD-based atmospheric gas dispersion modeling methodology developed in 2014-2018 ADNOC-sponsored KU research. Technical knowledge developed at KU was transferred to ADNOC through a dedicated corporate engineering training program.

  • “High Efficiency On-site Power Generation in Oil and Gas Facilities” (Sponsor: Petroleum Institute Research Center (PIRC), Principal Investigator, 2013-2017)

Multi-generation schemes were designed and evaluated for energy-intensive facilities, incorporating gas turbine and organic/trilateral Rankine cycles, solid oxide fuel cell systems, power-to-methane coupled with oxyfuel combustion, and district cooling with LNG cold exergy recovery. Excess electricity and power-to-gas (hydrogen, methane) storage potential at high renewable energy generation shares were evaluated.

  • “Environmental Gas Dispersion Modeling” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) R&D Gas-Subcommittee, Co-Principal Investigator, 2014–2016)

A computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based atmospheric gas dispersion predictive methodology was developed and applied to sour gas dispersion in hydrocarbon facilities and their surroundings over complex hilly terrain.  The methodology yielded significant enhancements in prediction accuracy over industry-standard prediction models.

  • “Polymeric Composite Heat Exchangers for Natural Gas Processing” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) R&D Gas-Subcommittee, Co-Principal Investigator, 2014–2016)

The potential of thermally-enhanced polymer composite materials to replace conventional methallic materials in corrosive hydrocarbon processing heat exchange applications was evaluated.  The geometric manufacturing flexibility of polymeric materials was exploited in multi-objective, computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based optimizations of heat exchanger designs, leading to significant enhancements in thermal-hydraulic performance over conventional metallic heat exchanger designs, at a comparable manufacturing cost.

  • “Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for CO2 Capture and Enhanced Oil Recovery” (Sponsor: Petroleum Institute-University of Maryland Joint Educational and Energy-Related Research Collaboration (EERC), 2007–2009)

Internally natural gas reforming solid oxide fuel cell designs and operating strategies were investigated for high efficiency power generation in energy-intensive process facilities.  The potential of anodic fuel recycling strategies to reduce anodic carbon deposition were evaluated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) –based modeling.

  1. Piacentino A., Duic N., Markovska N., Vad Mathiesen B., Guzović Z., Eveloy V., Lund H. Sustainable and Cost-efficient Energy Supply and Utilization through Innovative Concepts and Technologies at Regional, Local and Single-user Levels, Energy, 182, pp. 254-268.
  2. Eveloy V., 2019, “Hybridization of Solid Oxide Electrolysis-based Power-to-methane with Oxyfuel Combustion and Carbon Dioxide Utilization for Energy Storage,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 108, pp. 550-571.
  3. Eveloy V., Gebreegziabher T., 2019, “Excess Electricity and Power-to-gas Storage Potential in the Future Renewable-based Power Generation Sector in the United Arab Emirates,” Energy, Vol. 166, pp. 426-450, available on line October 2018.
  4. Eveloy V., Ayou D. S., 2019, “Sustainable District Cooling Systems: Status, Challenges, and Future Opportunities, with Emphasis on Cooling-Dominated Regions,” Energies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 235 (65 pages).
  5. Eveloy V., Gebreegziabher T., 2018, “A Review of Projected Power-to-gas Deployment Scenarios,” Energies, Vol. 11, No. 7, 1824 (52 pages).
  6. Eveloy V., Rodgers P., Al Alili A, 2017, “Multi-objective Optimization of a Pressurized Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine Hybrid System Integrated with Seawater Reverse Osmosis,” Energy, Vol. 123, pp. 594-614.
  7. Eveloy V., Rodgers P., and Qiu L., 2016, “Integration of an Atmospheric Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine System with Reverse Osmosis for Distributed Seawater Desalination in a Process Facility,” Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 126, pp 944–959.
  8. Eveloy , Karunkeyoon W., Rodgers P., Al Alili A, 2016, “Energy, Exergy and Economic Analysis of an Integrated Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine – Organic Rankine Power Generation System,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 41, pp. 13843-13858.
  9. Eveloy V., Rodgers P., Diana A., 2015, “Performance Investigation of Thermally Enhanced Polymer Composite Materials for Microelectronics Cooling,” Microelectronics Journal, Vol. 46, pp. 1216-1224.
  10. Eveloy V., Rodgers P., Qiu L., 2015, “Hybrid Gas Turbine-Organic Rankine Cycle for Seawater Desalination by Reverse Osmosis in a Hydrocarbon Production Facility,” Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 106, pp. 1134–1148.
  11. McColl S.J., Rodgers P., Eveloy V., 2015, “Thermal Management of Solar Photovoltaics Modules for Enhanced Power Generation,” Renewable Energy, Vol. 82, pp. 14-20.
  12. Eveloy , Rodgers P., and Popli S., 2014, “Trigeneration Scheme for a Natural Gas Liquids Extraction Plant in the Middle East,” Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 78, pp. 204–218.
  13. Popli S., Rodgers P., and Eveloy , 2013, “Gas Turbine Efficiency Enhancement using Waste Heat Powered Absorption Chillers in the Oil and Gas Industry,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 918-931.
  14. Rodgers P., Mortazavi , Eveloy V., Al-Hashimi, S., Hwang, Y., and Radermacher, R., 2012, “Enhancement of LNG Plant Propane Cycle through Waste Heat Powered Absorption Cooling,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 48, pp. 41-53.
  15. Eveloy , 2012, “Numerical Analysis of an Internal Methane Reforming Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with Fuel Recycling,” Applied Energy, Vol. 93, pp. 107-115.
  16. Eveloy V., 2011, “Anode Fuel and Steam Recycling for Internal Methane Reforming SOFCs: Analysis of Carbon Deposition,” Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 011006-1 – 011006-8.