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Telehouse expands German presence with fifth data centre and green initiatives
Thu, 21st Dec 2023

Global colocation provider, Telehouse, is extending its reach across Europe by launching its fifth data centre at its Frankfurt campus in Germany. Christened 'Building M', this new addition to the digital hub of continental Europe, which opened its doors in October, bolsters the capacity of the locale by 4.5 megawatts.

Building M adds another 2,200 square meters spread across three floors to the campus. The campus now offers an enormous 50,000 square meters of data centre space to cater to all needs, from single racks to dedicated data centre areas.

This development is part of Telehouse’s wider European expansion strategy and comes as a response to the unprecedented increase in demand for external computing power from German firms investing in future-proof cloud applications.

The city of Frankfurt and its surrounding regions continue to dominate as the prime locale for data centres in Germany and the largest network node in Europe. The demand has been so overwhelming that within just two months of its opening, Building M is already fully leased with more expansion plans for the campus in the pipeline.

Telehouse Germany is also redefining sustainability standards with its newer establishments. All buildings on the Frankfurt campus, including Building M, will utilise their waste heat to supply the neighbouring newly created "FRANKY" residential quarter with district heating.

Spanning approximately 51,000 square metres, the quarter will house around 3,000 residents in 1,300 residential units. This heat recovery process alone could feed over 60% of the annual energy needed to heat the homes and water in the community.

The residual waste heat, which makes up about 2% of what the Telehouse data centres generate, will be channelled into the district heating network from the combined heat and power plant of Frankfurt's utility firm, Manova.

This approach could save around 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions, roughly halving what is usually produced by traditional local gas-based heating methods.

Behind this considerable endeavour to hit the ‘KfW Efficiency House 55’ standard for the entire residential district, Telehouse Germany is making significant strides towards sustainability goals. This waste heat initiative is also mirrored at Telehouse's Magny-Les-Hameaux campus in Paris, and similar opportunities are being explored in the UK.

In the words of Dr. Béla Waldhauser, Managing Director of Telehouse Deutschland GmbH, “It’s particularly essential for us to combine efficiency, performance, and safety with a contribution to environmental protection in the interest of our customers. In this way, we assume responsibility both locally and globally."

Telehouse is a global data centre service provider, bringing together more than 3,000 business partners including carriers, mobile and content providers, enterprises and financial services companies.

Established in 1989, Telehouse provides reliable, secure and flexible colocation, enabling organisations to accelerate speed to market and create business opportunities through fast, efficient and secure interconnections.

The Telehouse London Docklands campus is Europe's most connected data centre campus. The organisation is a driving force for sustainability in the data centre industry and powers its data centres with electricity from 100% renewable sources.