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May 31, 2013

A friend to the environment

Port native's invention reduces vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions

You could say he’s a dreamer, but his dream is massive.

Newburyport native Casey Glynn, 22, has an idea that is so big, it can change the world.

“(I’m) a little scared that I’m the one doing this,” Glynn admitted. “But it’s nice that I have an idea that can help so many people.”

The recent Suffolk University environmental engineering grad knew a growth industry when he saw one all the way back in his middle school years.

“All throughout my high school and middle school career, we always heard about how the environment is starting to change,” said Glynn, who graduated from Newburyport High School in 2009. “All the global warming information started to come out (then), and I saw a new field that was new and exciting and up-and-coming.”

With all that on his mind, Glynn’s Thomas Edison moment happened about two years ago, the realization of what he calls the emission converter. Similar to, and working as the second part to, a car’s catalytic converter, his invention will reduce an automobile’s carbon dioxide emissions by upward of 90 percent, he said.

“It’s pretty much the same thing (as the catalytic converter) but for carbon dioxide,” Glynn said. “It’s kind of the same process but a lot of different things.”

Simple enough, but Glynn also says that the emissions from his converter will produce a profitable compound that will have the potential, once the business end is worked out, to lower the cost of a gallon of gas for all users.

“The benefit will be reduced gas prices,” Glynn said about what his converter can give the average driver. “For every gallon of gas, we are making a profit. So, we would be able to buy two, three dollars of your gas, so your gallon of gas will be about $1 as opposed to $4 as it is now.”

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