Project HELIOS, Samlesbury

What the project involves

Aegis provided CDM Principal Designer services to BAE Systems’ Project HELIOS at Samlesbury, Lancashire, from April 2014 through to December 2016.

The project required managing the health and safety aspects of installing a photo voltaic solar system that covers an areas equal in size to eight football pitches.

How the client is benefitting

Aegis played a pivotal role in the construction of the HELIOS system, which comprises 9,000 solar panels and provides nearly 20 per cent of the Samlesbury site’s peak electrical consumption.

This energy is used in the manufacture of high specification components for aircraft including Eurofighter Typhoon, Hawk advanced jet trainer, and F-35 Lightning II, the world’s latest and most advanced fighter.

The HELIOS panels are capable of generating 10,000 KWh every day and have a DC capacity of 2.6MW. This reduces the site’s electricity bill by nearly £400,000 annually, while cutting CO2 emissions by 1,500 tonnes.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

We have worked collaboratively with BAE Systems on numerous major projects at locations across the UK.