I’ve come across a wonderful EU website that tells you all about the money they’re spending on their amazing projects in the UK, region by region. What a great resource.
An alternative viewpoint is that what we have here is a useful website for showing you how the EU is wasting your money in the UK.
I decided to go for a little random wander about the site. Had a look up north, and look what popped up straight away:
Development and demonstration of intelligent non-contact inspection technology for concentrated solar power plants
The EU provided Applied Inspection Limited with £162,323 to fund 15% of the “INTERSOLAR” research project.
Over 160k for a couple of years research on a solar power project? Just what everyone in the north of the UK has been clamoring for, more solar power. The EU really knows what’s good for us, doesn’t it? Just think, if we leave the EU we won’t have the wise men and women of Brussels deciding what we should spend this money on. We can’t have ordinary people making such decisions, can we? Or Brexiteers? They might want to spend it on sick people. Or have lower taxes. No, no, we can’t be having that, better to stay in the EU so we can have some more of that lovely solar power, which will be powering all our homes after just one or two hundred more years research.
Even funnier is is the following — it looks really boring at first sight, but when you realise what it’s about it’s funny:
Solar thermal power plants still face several technical problems related to the structural integrity and inspection of critical components such as the absorber tube and piping of the coolant system. It is currently impossible to inspect the absorber tube as it is located inside a glass envelope under vacuum. Moreover a significant proportion of the coolant system is insulated to minimise heat losses and therefore it cannot be inspected unless the insulation has been removed beforehand. One of the highest priorities for the European solar thermal energy industry is the significant improvement of the structural reliability of critical components of CSP plants. This should involve a solid reduction in inspection and maintenance costs mainly associated with unpredicted failures and leaks.
INTERSOLAR seeks to decrease by a noticeable margin the number of failures associated with the coolant system and absorber tubes of CSP plants resulting in the minimisation of corrective maintenance costs. The consortium members of the project will achieve this through the development and successful implementation of an intelligent guided waves inspection platform based on the use of preferably non-contact Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer Sensors (EMATs).
In other words, solar power technology is hard to inspect, and so it’s always breaking down, so the EU wants to spend our money on trying to make solar power less useless and hugely expensive.
God bless each and every person involved in making EU decisions.