Company visit: Cruquius Steam Engine and Water Purification Centre
The Dutch are known for being good at water management. Please join us on Tuesday and Thursday morning when we have the opportunity to visit the world famous Cruquius Steam Engine Museum and the Water Purification Centre in the Haarlemmermeer.
The Cruquius Steam Engine tells about the age-old Dutch battle against the water. After years of being endangered by the Haarlemmermeer, a large lake, the decision was made to reclaim the Haarlemmermeer by means of steam power, this marked the breakthrough of the Industrial Revolution in the Netherlands.
The Cruquius houses the worlds’ largest steam engine: its main cylinder has a diameter of 3.66 meter! The engine could drain up 320.000 liters of water per minute, that’s an Olympic swimming pool every 8 minutes. The engine room, unchanged since 1849, is a miracle of Victorian technology and since 2011 again fully functional.
Even in 2017, the battle against water is not over, today 4 pumps move over 156.000 litres of water per second in the Water Purification Centre! Of course, not all water is unwanted, we will give you an insight into how the Dutch manage to have the best tap water in the world and gain sustainable fuel in the process!