University of Texas at El Paso

Alma Energy Wins the Lyda Hill Prize in Technology Accelerating
Development in Direct Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brines

Alma Energy is the recipient of the inaugural Hill Prize in Technology awarded by the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST).

We are proud and grateful to receive the prestigious and competitive Hill Prize in Technology, which accelerates our clean technology development in direct lithium extraction from geothermal brines, Dr. Hermann Lebit said during the award ceremony ahead of the TAMEST annual conference in Austin, Texas on February 5th 2024. The joined effort of Alma Energy and researchers at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has the potential of a breakthrough in clean technology with significant impact on the energy transition, particularly in the mobility sector, he continued.

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University of Texas at El Paso

Alma Energy partners with the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and other research institutions across the nation in a $5 million grant awarded by the Department of Energy EarthShot program.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and several research institutions, on a U.S. $5 million grant awarded by The Department of Energy through the EarthShot program. The proposal targets Enhanced Geothermal Systems and focuses on multiple innovative approaches to optimize geothermal reservoir performance and to mitigate climate change solutions.

Alma Energy founder and principal, Dr. Hermann Lebit commented: We have built a healthy and lasting relationship with UTEP on geothermal research and cleantech development for green direct Lithium extraction, and we are looking forward to deepen this exciting relationship.

University of Texas at El Paso

Alma Energy and the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Direct Lithium Extraction Technology from Geothermal Brines.

We are pleased to announce a memorandum of understanding between Alma Energy and the University of Texas El Paso, on Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) from brine that is produced from geothermal wells.

We are excited about the technology development as it focuses on a promising electrodialysis technology capable of economically efficient Lithium recovery at a minimum infrastructural footprint.

This strategic partnership will add an innovative technology for critical mineral extraction to our portfolio of dispatchable geothermal power production in energy super basins across the United States and elsewhere.

Geothermal Rising Conference

Alma Energy is proud to join the Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance!

The Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance (TXGEA) is a Texas-based, Texas-led advocacy organization created for the purpose of advancing Geothermal Energy in the state.

The Texas energy sector has benefitted tremendously from a diversified energy portfolio that has included oil, natural gas, wind, solar, coal, and nuclear power. 

Texas is also well-endowed by a huge potential in geothermal resources, due to favorable geothermal conditions and an ample infrastructure. Near term developments in geothermal resources can effectively contribute to decarbonize industries and residential heating or cooling, as well as to produce reliable and secure baseload electricity.  

Alma Energy is supportive in advocating geothermal energy for Texas, where we seek the development of a commercial geothermal power facility in a sedimentary basin.

Geothermal Rising Conference

Alma Energy plays an active role in the forthcoming Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC) to be held in Reno NV, August 28-31, 2022.

We want to bring to your attention the following technical session:

Geothermal Energy from Sedimentary Basins, Reservoir Management and Risk Mitigation 

Chaired by Hermann Lebit (Alma Energy) and Cindy Taff (Sage Geosystems)


Sedimentary basins offer tremendous potential for geothermal energy and build on prolonged records in geoscientific research and economic energy production. It resulted in a detailed understanding of the subsurface as exemplified by over 2 million well placements in the United States alone. An immense knowledge base and a wealth of data have been generated along with the development of a wide range of advanced upstream technologies and methodologies to explore and produce fluids from the subsurface.


The session intends to provide an arena for sub-surface professionals across industries to share and discuss technologies, workflows and best practices beneficial for the development of geothermal projects. 


For details and registration please go here: