CyrusOne has broken ground on its fifth data center in Frankfurt, FRA5.
FRA5 is located in Hanau, 25km east of Frankfurt's city center, and will offer 54MW of IT capacity.
Plans for the data center were first unveiled in November 2021. The facility will span 18,000 sqm (193,750 sq ft) across two buildings.
CyrusOne is working alongside the City of Hanau and received permitting for the development in July 2023.
FRA5 will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy, and will have an "ultra low design PUE." It will also have 2,500 sqm of green walls which will improve air quality, increase biodiversity and reduce noise.
“It is a great privilege for CyrusOne to mark this important milestone and our ongoing development and expansion in Germany alongside such important regional leaders,” said Carsten Schneider, managing director for CyrusOne in Germany. “We are tremendously proud of what this development stands for, with sustainability and biodiversity central to the design and operation of the data center."
The recent groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Carsten Schneider and was attended by Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky, City of Hanau; Erika Schulte, economic development officer, City of Hanau; state secretary Dr. Walter Fischedick representing Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, Hessian minister for digital strategy and development; and Peter Pohlschröder, vice-chairman for the German Data Center Association (GDA).
This year alone, CyrusOne has added two data centers to its plans for Frankfurt. In July 2023, the company confirmed that it would be developing a 72MW data center called FRA6 in the city, and in September revealed plans for the 81MW FRA7 data center.