NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division has launched the Berlin 2 site, which, in its first phase of construction, includes two data centres.
The development is 14km from the existing Berlin 1 data centre site, and provides a maximum IT capacity of 24MW across 10,000m² in the first two data centre buildings. The site is connected to major carrier hubs, such as BCIX, and to all other NTT data centres in Germany.
“The heart of the digital economy and society beats in data centres,” explained Florian Winkler, Chief Executive Officer at NTT Global Data Centers in EMEA. “If we want to successfully implement the German government’s digital strategy, we urgently need data centres like these. At the same time, a location here in Germany guarantees companies their digital sovereignty, i.e. the greatest possible control over the IT systems and data used. With our second data centre location in Berlin, we are meeting the high demand and are already planning for the future: When completed, Berlin 2 with buildings C and D will have a maximum IT capacity of 48MW and 19,200m² of data centre space.”
NTT has also said that a significant portion of the waste heat generated by the site will be fed into a heating network used to supply consumers in Marienpark and the surrounding area.
NTT is working with Investa and GASAG to provide “the largest project in Germany for the use of waste heat from data centres, with a utilisation share of approximately 20% of the heat generated.” NTT has said that this amount of heat could supply almost 1,000 modern single-family homes.
NTT is working with GASAG to provide a further 10MW of thermal power from the two data centres, intended for use in other neighbourhoods with an aim of achieving a utilisation rate of up to 80% of the waste heat generated.
“NTT’s new data centre location is not only a huge gain for digitisation in Berlin, but also offers immense potential for the city’s energy supply. Together with our partner Investa, we are using the waste heat generated for a sustainable energy solution in Marienpark. The additional waste heat potential offers the opportunity to supply many more commercial and residential buildings with sustainable heat in the future and to make a significant contribution to decarbonisation in Berlin,” said Georg Friedrichs, CEO GASAG.