Site Identification (GIS – Tool)


In the work package of the civil structure design (WP 5), sites with a high potential in the case of the chosen benchmark of low-head pumped hydro energy storages (LH-PHES) using the designed prototype of contra-rotating, variable-speed, reversible pump-turbines (CR-VS-RPT of WP2) in the North Sea are identified. The tool, which is based on GIS (geographic information system) offers interactive maps to explore the sites. The tool demonstrates the main findings of WP5 of the ALPHEUS project in user-friendly web maps.

Contributing Partners

USTUTT Site-identification for the German and French EEZ, development of the web tool
ADT Development of the web tool
TUD Site-identification for the Dutch, Belgian and Danish EEZ
UNITUS Analysis of environmental conditions
TUB Stake holder interviews
PAU Wave impact

Interactive Maps

The PHES sites are identified in two different ways. On the one hand, the EEZ of Germany and France is scanned by an automated search routine developed by Prasasti et al. [1], which is a systematic analysis searching for optimized geospatial conditions and subtracting areas with use-specific constraints at the overall EEZ space. On the other hand, the sites identified in the Dutch EEZ, are evaluated by summing up a total suitability score of five different parameters.

Map Views

map-view-germany map-view-france map-view-netherlands
Germany [2]-[5] France [2]-[5] The Netherlands [2]-[5]


[1] E.B. Prasasti et al (2024). Available online at: [Accessed 18 03 2024].

[2] EMODnet (2019). Bathymetry World Base Layer, version 1. Available online at: [Accessed 18 03 2024].

[3] Flanders Marine Institute (2018). IHO Sea Areas, version 3. Available online at: [Accessed 18 03 2024].

[4] T. Chadwin, R. Klinger, V. Olaya and N. Dawson et al. qgis2web-Plugin. Available online at: [Accessed 22 09 2023].

[5] OpenLayers (2024). Available online at: [Accessed 22 09 2023].


USTUTT Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS), University of Stuttgart, Germany, K. Terheiden
ADT Advanced Design Technology Ltd., London, United Kingdom, M. Zangeneh
TUD Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, J. Bricker
UNITUS Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, Tuscia University, Italy, M. Marcelli
TUB Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, N. Goseberg
PAU Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Ingénieur Appliquées à la Mécanique et au génie Electrique (SIAME), Université De Pau Et Des Pays De L’adour, France, V. Roeber