Data Center provider Maincubes, has announced it plans to build another colocation data center in Schwalbach, its second facility in the Frankfurt area with plans to use green power, and a waste heat recovery system.

Codenamed FRA02, the new data center is sited just outside Frankfurt which the company regards as part of its Frankfurt footprint. As designed, FRA02 will provide approximately 7,000 square meters of white space for IT plus office space, and expected to offer a power capacity of 20MW.

“To maximize energy efficiency and guarantee availability we maintain an uninterruptable power supply via rotating UPS systems in a special configuration – the so-called isolated parallel bus (IP bus) – and a kinetic flywheel energy storage unit in place of a battery. This UPS system was designed with a special high-availability redundancy for the IP bus,” said Albrecht Kraas, CTO at Maincubes.

According to Maincubes, a public sector IT client has already committed to leasing a fraction of FRA02, and this tenant will occupy the greater part of the facility once it is fully developed.

“FRA02 will extend our European data center network with a focus on sustainability, allowing us to make an important contribution to the green digital transformation. This isn’t simply our answer to the regulations on reducing CO2 emissions that affect all infrastructure providers, it is intrinsic to our CSR vision. Our goal is to achieve climate-neutral data center operations with our own resources,” said Oliver Menzel, CEO of Maincubes.

“We are excited to have won the confidence of a major tenant for our new FRA02 facility before construction has even started. They selected Maincubes as their hosting partner both for the high-availability data center setup, and because they were looking for a strategic sustainability partner. Sustainability is a key issue that we all have to assume responsibility for, and Maincubes hopes to set an example in this respect. Together with our new and existing data center tenants and our network of partners we intend to play a pro-active role in driving the green digital transformation.”

As announced, FRA02 is expected to be ready for operation in summer 2023. Furthermore, Maincubes is already planning to build additional data centers in the Rhine-Main region also referred to as Frankfurt Rhine-Main.