The world’s largest and best-known data centres are mostly situated in the United States, but compared to its size, Germany is a significant IT location as well. And no other German location is as important for the Internet as the Hessian metropolis of Frankfurt. Germany’s digital hub is one of the largest Internet nodes in the world, resulting in enormous energy requirements that are constantly rising. Consequently, the government of the federal state of Hesse wants to increase the locally available electricity capacity by around 50% within seven years, which poses considerable challenges for the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT, whose control area includes Hesse.
Together with the two regional distribution system operators (DSOs) Avacon and Mainova, the TSCNET shareholder will thus expand transmission lines and substations at the major feed-in points. The grid operators will jointly invest around €750m in a sustainable energy supply for the economic and financial centre that is the Rhine-Main metropolitan region. Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT, comments on the ambitious plans: “By expanding and modernising the electricity infrastructure in the Rhine-Main area, we are securing the electricity supply and laying the foundation for the further sustainable development of this central economic and financial hub in Germany and Europe.”
Together with two regional DSOs, TenneT is investing €750m in grid expansion measures in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region (picture: TenneT; from left to right: Marten Bunnemann, CEO Avacon; Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing; Dr. Constantin Alsheimer, CEO Mainova; Tim Meyerjürgens)
> See TenneT press release, in German (html)