Welcome

Welcome to the homepage for the Thermopile and DNA Everywhere Projects.

The Thermopile Project is dedicated to developing low-cost and sustainable sanitation systems based on non-water waste transport and treatment by means of thermophilic composting methods capable of destroying pathogenic bacteria. The urgent need for public sanitation, energy and water conservation is increasingly evident under the pressure of climate change, diminishing resources and increasing populations.

Central to the development of the Thermopile system is the Phylochip: a microarray developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that offers a new and powerful tool for the analysis of complex microbial communities, for public health, environmental and agricultural purposes.  The DNA Everywhere project, which grew out of efforts to analyze human waste composting services in Haiti, is working to make the Phylochip and genomic analysis available in the developing world where such tools can advance solutions to the sanitation challenge and a myriad of other public health, environmental and agricultural problems.

Thermopile and DNA Everywhere partners and supporters include the Rathmann Family Foundation, the 11th Hour Project Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sustainable Organics Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) in Haiti.  Both the Thermopile Project and DNA Everywhere are projects of the Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI). Both projects support CCI’s goal to develop scientific methodology and protocols to restore balance in the Earth’s natural carbon cycle.

Dr. Sasha Kramer (SOIL) and Dr. Gary Andersen (LBNL) inspecting the finished compost in Nicasio, CA