Since mid-2020, I am working as a research associate in research and education at the Leichtweiß-Institute of the TU Braunschweig in the department of hydromechanics, coastal and ocean engineering. As a PhD student, I participate in the project ALPHEUS funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. It will improve reversible pump/turbine (RPT) technology and adjacent civil structures needed to make pumped hydro storage economically viable in shallow seas and coastal environments with flat topography. My involvement in this project is twofold. On the one hand, three different RPT technologies will be tested under realistic head and flow conditions in the hydraulics laboratory. On the other hand, sites along the periphery of the North Sea will be assessed based on parametric analysis using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.