Nobel Laureate, George A. Olah, and USC Professor, G.K. Surya Prakash, of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute developed the Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC). DMFC technology provides a clean and efficient method for generating grid-independent electricity directly from methanol, a liquid fuel that is ubiquitously available. USC licensed the technology to SFC Energy, Inc. in 2011 to use in a product line that ranges from portable fuel cells used to power equipment for field personnel, to systems that supply auxiliary power for electrical systems on boats, motor homes, and special-purpose vehicles.