Years of R&D

Fuel quality expertise

SP3H achieved a major technological breakthrough between 2005 and 2011 by transferring a large scale sensing technology, initially used in the refinery sector, into a rugged and robust miniaturized sensor, which is now cost-effective and adaptable to other markets.

We developed smart optical sensor solutions using Near-Infrared technology to identify the molecular structure of any liquid fuels. SP3H’s key approach is to “profile” the fuel in order to analyze and determine its quality – and can do that on a continuous, real-time, basis.

In-line application: I-Fusion

Supported by the European Commissions, I-Fusion project is the first fuel smart vehicle worldwide that can analyze fuel quality in real-time. The SP3H in-line fuel quality sensor fitted in the engine compartment. It had been designed from the outset to meet automotive requirements and utilizes a spectrum of automotive grade components. This though was the first full validation of its unique fuel sensor technology, onboard a vehicle and in real world driving conditions. 

The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) program includes support for SMEs working in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. In 2015, SP3H was the only french company in the «Green Transport» category to be supported - from more than 2,600 canditates.

Who we are

SP3H is a green technology company which proposes solution to face the eco-mobility challenge. The SP3H team has an accumulated 80 years of experience in five main domains. It is this special group that kindled and enabled our solution from concept to product. Unique know-how has been built up over time. Our team of 15 key passionate individuals, including four Doctors of Sciences, pioneers of near-infrared technology, and experts in optoelectronics, signal processing and combustion engines, represents the creative strength of SP3H.
The company launched I-Fusion, the first "fuel smart" vehicle, for a 50,000 km European road trip with the embedded sensor. I-Fusion is the tangible result of 10 years of Research & Development.

What we do

SP3H developed a fuel quality sensor that can provide fuel molecular structure data to the engine control unit in order to achieve engine settings adaptation, delivering a 5% reduction in CO2 emissions and up to 20% reduction in other pollutant emissions (NOx and fine particles). This breakthrough technology offers a part of the solution to energy efficiency and eco-mobility – allowing engines to attain better combustion efficiencies from the fuel that they use by adjusting settings according to fuel quality data derived by our sensor. While a transition to zero emission power and transport propulsion technologies is an ultimate objective, the SP3H sensor technology is ready to use now and for the foreseeable future to help reduce our carbon footprint.

What they say

Some technologies will show benefits on the new WLTP laboratory test; others only in real world driving. Extending the scope of the 2025 regulation to encourage a wider range of “Eco-innovations” and stimulate more efficient auxiliary equipment will be important to deliver real-world improvements in emissions. Anticipation of a 2025 regulation is already driving an accelerating supply of new solutions. SP3H, the French technology company that has developed a fuel sensor that precisely measures the composition of fuel enabling the engine to operate more efficiently, is applying an “Eco-Innovation”, a technology that improves efficiency on the road, where it matters, not just in tests.

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Frost & Sullivan has a global team of analysts and consultants continuously researching a wide range of markets across multiple sectors and geographies. We identify companies that consistently pursue or invest in new technologies, enabling them to serve their customers more effectively and grow above the industry average. Against the backdrop of this research, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to recognize SP3H as the Technology Innovation leader in the emerging Automotive Fuel Quality Sensors market.

David Frigstad
David Frigstad Chairman Frost & Sullivan