Background and activities


Stian Backe (1992) is an adjunct associate professor II at the department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT). He has a MSc in Energy Analysis and Optimization from the University of Bergen, and he defended his PhD in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2021.

Coordinator of stochastic energy system model EMPIRE

Research topic: Techno-economic analysis of markets and regulations for energy resources on the transition towards the low carbon society.

Research questions:

  • How are long-term investments impacted by short-term operations and uncertainty in the energy system on the transition towards the low carbon society? 
  • How can energy services across the energy system sectors best coordinate on the transition towards the low carbon society (heat, electricity, and transport)? 
  • How can the regulatory framework best facilitate new opportunities for energy services from distributed energy resources, storage, and flexibility on the transition towards the low carbon society? 

Prosjekt involvement: FME ZEN+CityXChangesyn.ikiaopenENTRANCEFME NTRANS

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report


  • Backe, Stian; Pinel, Dimitri; Askeland, Magnus; Lindberg, Karen Byskov; Korpås, Magnus; Tomasgard, Asgeir. (2021) Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in the European Energy System. SINTEF akademisk forlag. 2021. ISBN 978-82-536-1687-2. ZEN Report (30).
  • Backe, Stian; Kvellheim, Ann Kristin. (2020) Zero Emission Neighbourhoods. Drivers and barriers towards future development. SINTEF akademisk forlag. 2020. ISBN 978-82-536-1662-9. ZEN Report (22).
  • Backe, Stian; Sørensen, Åse Lekang; Pinel, Dimitri; Clauß, John; Lausselet, Carine; Woods, Ruth. (2019) Consequences of Local Energy Supply in Norway: A case study on the ZEN pilot project Campus Evenstad. SINTEF akademisk forlag. 2019. ISBN 978-82-536-1630-8. ZEN Report (17).
  • Hackett, Stian Blackstad; Kvaal, Bernhard; Runnerstrøm, Magnus Fure; Grøttum, Hanne Høie; Økstad, Nina; Livik, Klaus; Danielsen, Stein; Wright, Stephen John; van Vuuren, L. M.; Stewart, Dudley; Antolic, Mladen; Backe, Stian; Kara, Güray; Granado, Pedro Crespo Del; Fossum, Morten Einar Nyrø; Lauvland, Marius; Frøyen, Hans Erik Fylling; Helde, Joakim; Skoglund, Tor Rune; Eljueidi, Mamdouh. (2019) D2.3: Report on the Flexibility Market. 2019.
  • Kolstad, Magne Lorentzen; Backe, Stian; Wolfgang, Ove; Sartori, Igor. (2018) Software tools for local energy system operation and expansion. 2018. ISBN 978-82-14-06886-3. SINTEF Rapport (2018:00437).
  • Wolfgang, Ove; Askeland, Magnus; Backe, Stian; Fagerstrøm, Jonathan; Del Granado, Pedro Crespo; Hofmann, Matthias; Jaehnert, Stefan; Kvellheim, Ann Kristin; Maranon-Ledesma, Hector; Midthun, Kjetil Trovik; Seljom, Pernille Merethe Sire; Skjølsvold, Tomas Moe; Sæle, Hanne; Throndsen, William. (2018) Prosumers' role in the future energy system. 2018. ISBN 978-82-93198-27-7.