Liberty Lake-based Tsunami Products experiencing increase in demand for its atmospheric water generators

<p><p>A Liberty Lake-based company is manufacturing products that it says could be a solution for water needs in drought-stricken areas.</p></p><p><p>Tsunami Products creates atmospheric water generators that pull moisture out of the air and convert it into drinkable water. The company has recently experienced a jump in demand.</p></p><p><p>“We sold quite a few in California last month because of the drought,” said Kevin Collins, the company’s president and CEO.</p></p><p><p>Tsunami Products has also sold water generators to residential and commercial customers in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, the Cayman Islands and Cape Town, South Africa, Collins added.</p></p><p><p>“Today, I wrote purchase orders for three units,” Collins said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s getting to be a unit every couple days. Before that – in the past three months – we hadn’t sold more than 20 units. Now, we’re really accelerating that and beating targets by big margins now.”</p></p><p><p>The company in the past two weeks received more than 20 orders for its generators, adding to the 20 already sold this year.</p></p><p><p>The company’s atmospheric water generators come in a range of sizes made for use at residential properties, offices, farms, industrial developments and more.</p></p><p><p>The units operate on electric and solar power, and work best in climates of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 80% relative humidity, Collins said.</p></p><p><p>Because the generators are reliant on humidity and temperature of the surrounding environment, the amount of water output varies by location.</p></p><p><p>The Tsunami-500 costs $30,000 and can produce up to 200 gallons of water a day. The Tsunami-750 – a commercial model – starts at about $49,500 and can produce up to 329 gallons of water a day, depending on temperature and humidity.</p></p><p><p>The company also sells two large-scale industrial units suitable for disaster relief projects, construction sites, and military and cruise ships.</p></p><p><p>The generators work by extracting water from moisture in the air and pulling it into the unit with fans. Dust, pollen and other particles are removed via a multilayer air filter. </p></p><p><p>The air is drawn through condensing coils and cooled to reach the dew point, extracting moisture that is converted into water droplets.</p></p><p><p>The water is extracted via the company’s patented Tsunami Core Technology, collected in a storage tank and then purified through a multistage filtration system, making it safe and ready to drink.</p></p><p><p>Tsunami Products was founded in 2017 by Collins, his wife, Keri, Ted Bowman and Charles Lormis, who assemble and ship the generators.</p></p><p><p>The company is at 1711 N. Madson St. in Liberty Lake, sharing a facility with Premier Manufacturing Inc., a sheet metal fabrication and assembly company also owned by the Collins family.</p></p><p><p>Collins said his idea for Tsunami Products’ atmospheric water generators was sparked after designing a similar product for another company in 2015.</p></p><p><p>“The company really didn’t pursue it,” Collins said. “We had (obtained) some patents ourselves, so we decided when they went defunct, we would continue the process and make it a viable product. With our engineering and manufacturing capabilities, it was a no-brainer to pick up and run with it.”</p></p><p><p>Collins said the water generators have garnered an “amazing response” from customers.</p></p><p><p>“All I ever hear from people is, ‘Thank God, I’m off grid,’ ” he said.</p></p><p><p>Tsunami Products is also pursuing a patent for its portable Tsunami-Fodder system, which produces its own water and is equipped with temperature and humidity control equipment allowing it to grow animal fodder from seeds, Collins said.</p></p><p><p>Tsunami Products is among more than a dozen companies worldwide that have developed atmospheric water generators. The atmospheric water generator market is expected to reach $8.9 billion in revenue by 2027, according to Grand View Research, a San Francisco-based market research firm.</p></p><p><p>In California, scientists from the University of California, Berkeley have created a water harvester device that uses sunlight to pull liters of water out of the air each day in arid climates. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Source manufactures solar-powered hydropanels to condense water from moisture in the air.</p></p><p><p>In July, Israel-based company Watergen Inc. installed one of its GEN-M atmospheric water generators in the Hard Rock community of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. The generator produces 211 gallons of clean water per day, according to the company.</p></p><p><p>Key factors driving the atmospheric water generator market include declining freshwater levels combined with favorable government regulations, and increasing research and development in technology, according to Grand View Research.</p></p><p><p>High equipment and operating costs, however, have resulted in a limited number of buyers for atmospheric water generators. Future product innovations to reduce expenses and improve efficiency are anticipated to propel the market forward, Grand View Research said in a report.</p></p><p><p>While atmospheric water generators could be an option for some, the units are unlikely to solve water needs on a larger, widespread scale amid climate change, said Jan Boll, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Washington State University.</p></p><p><p>“It is a complementary solution, but not the solution,” Boll said.</p></p><p><p>Boll added a viable approach to addressing water insecurity is to ensure access is spread evenly and equitably.</p></p><p><p>While Tsunami Products’ generators would only be operational in the spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest, the company is working on a solution for colder environments, Collins said. The company is also considering an expansion to meet growing demand.</p></p><p><p>“We are growing dramatically and looking at trying to lease more space for assembly,” Collins said.</p></p>