CESI has been selected by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to participate in the implementation of the Space Factory. Specifically, through access to PNRR funds managed by ASI, CESI will increase its production capacity of solar cells for space applications. This is thanks to the use of state-of-the-art machinery and a digitization process of production in line with the Industry 4.0 paradigm.
The Space Factory represents a strategic asset for Italy in the field of manufacturing processes for small satellites and increases the skills of the national industrial supply chain in the sector. The goal of the factory is to act as a driver for future investments coming from private individuals engaged in the realization of satellite constellations and mega-constellations.
CESI has more than 30 years of experience in the research, development and production of high-efficiency solar cells for space applications and is one of the world's leading suppliers of multi-junction cells based on GaAs (Gallium Arsenide) and InGaP (Indium Gallium Phosphide). The Group manufactures its solar cells at its headquarters in Milan, Italy, using proprietary technology. CESI has produced and delivered more than 200,000 solar cells that to date have powered more than 70 civilian satellites for customers from more than 25 different countries.