Mainova breaks ground on 30MW data center in Frankfurt

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German energy firm Mainova has broken ground on a new colocation data center in Frankfurt.

Mainova subsidiary Mainova WebHouse this week announced a groundbreaking ceremony took place on the site between Gwinnerstrasse and Mergenthaler Strasse on October 14.

The new facility will offer 10,500 square meters (113,000 sq ft) of space across two buildings and a total IT load of around 30MW. The campus is due to launch in January 2024.

Mainova CEO Dr. Constantine H. Alsheimer said: “Mainova is intensively driving the energy transition and decarbonization. In accordance with our sustainability strategy, we are developing one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in Frankfurt. We are opening up a new business model in a dynamic growth market and support the city of Frankfurt and our customers in implementing their climate protection goals.”

Oliver Schiebel, Managing Director of Mainova Webhouse, added: “The Mainova WebHouse data center campus is supplied with 100 percent green electricity. Our own photovoltaic systems for generating solar energy on site also contribute to this. The greening of the facade and outdoor area contributes to insulation and cooling in addition to a sophisticated look.”

Mainova AG is an energy service provider in Frankfurt am Main, supplying more than a million people with electricity, gas, heat, and water. The company said the new facility will reuse the waste heat to power other buildings in the area.

First established in January 2021, Mainova WebHouse GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mainova aiming to ‘meet the high demand for failsafe and efficient data center services in Frankfurt-Rhein-Main’.

Former InterXion and e-Shelter/NTT exec Volker Ludwig was appointed MD of Mainova WebHouse at launch, but left in May 2021 to return to InterXion/Digital Realty’s German unit as MD.

Schiebel took over as MD of WebHouse in November 2021, having previously been Frankfurt MD for Global Switch, following stints at Interxion and NTT.