Venkat K. Krishnan


I was the lead developer of the National long-term Electric and Transportation infrastructure Planning software, NETPLAN from 2011-2014. NETPLAN was originally initiated by Dr. Eduardo Ibanez with Prof. James D. McCalley in 2009 for the $2 million NSF research project, NETSCORE-21 (short for “The 21st Century National Energy and Transportation Infrastructures Balancing Sustainability, Costs, and Resiliency” research project).

NETPLAN is a long-term multi-sector multi-objective national infrastructure planning software, which helps to find the best electric and transportation infrastructure investments for the entire country for the next 40 years in terms of
cost, sustainability, and resilience metrics.

View a poster on NETPLAN for a quick overview. NETPLAN's C++ code and data is avalable here. We will appreciate any users to credit the developers appropriately.

I was responsible for developing the following aspects of NETPLAN:
  • Planning for optimal mix of generation portfolio under increasing integration of variable generation- (V. Krishnan, T. Das, E. Ibanez, C. Lopez, and J. McCalley, "Modeling operational effects of wind generation within national long-term infrastructure planning software," IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 28, no. 2, May 2013)- Available online
  • Modeling multi-modal passenger transportation and infrastructure system, and capturing their interdependencies with freight transportation and energy systems- working version Available online - (V. Krishnan, E. Kastrouni, D. Pyrialakou, K. Gkritza, and J. McCalley, "An Optimization Model of Energy and Transportation Systems: Assessing the High-Speed Rail Impact in the United States", Accepted for publication, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 2015)
  • Co-optimization of generation, transmission and other supply resources (V. Krishnan, J. McCalley, S. Lemos, and J. Bushnell, Nation-wide transmission overlay design and benefits assessment for the US, Energy Policy, Vol. 56, pp. 221-232, May 2013) - Available Online
  • Modeling bio-renewable infrastructure systems for meeting national electricity and automotive needs using bio-power and bio-fuel respectively (J. McCalley, V. Krishnan, K. Gkritza, R. Brown, and D. Mejia-Giraldo, Planning for long haul- Investment strategies for national energy and transportation infrastructures, IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, vol.11, no.5, 24–35, Sept–Oct 2013)
  • Modeling hydrogen infrastructure and assessing the viability of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) - (V. Krishnan, L. Gonzalez-Marciaga, and J. McCalley, A planning model to assess hydrogen as an alternative fuel for national light-duty vehicle portfolio, Energy, Vol. 73, 14 August 2014, Pages 943–957) - Available Online
  • Building foresight in long-term planning using End Effect mitigation models

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