The local government in Lorient, France, has launched a new containerized data center.

Lorient Agglomération this week inaugurated a new data center to host data for public services, such as water billing. It also hosts infrastructure for several municipalities in the Agglomération.

Lorient Agglomération dc
– Lorient Agglomération

Precise location and specifications weren’t shared, but is reportedly located close to the Lorient engineering school in the university district.

Plans for a new data center were announced in 2021, as the community’s existing data center was largely occupied and energy-intensive.

The building is made of recycled maritime containers and the shade house (a greenhouse for plants that like shade) was purchased second-hand.

The facility utilizes free cooling and includes on-site solar, which will cover around 20 percent of its energy needs. Rainwater will also be collected in order to water plants in the area.

The site features duel fiber feeds, and duel energy feeds from EDF, as well as a 48-hour fuel supply for generator backup.

The project saw €1.6 million ($1.7m) invested, with €1.1m in financing from the European Regional Development Fund from the European Union as part of its REACT-EU recovery plan.