NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 31, 2013

A friend to the environment

Port native's invention reduces vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions

By Jim Sullivan
Correspondent

---- — 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.”

As one can imagine, Glynn’s converter has the potential to be very, very big. It also has the potential to give him many, many headaches along the way. To alleviate some of the business-related problems, Glynn has formed the company E.C. Phoenix with 2013 Suffolk marketing graduate Arron Delman, who will be handling the finances. Glynn is also working with a venture capital company and is looking into his immediate future as a recent graduate.

“I’d like to (complete the project) in five to seven (years),” Glynn said. “But realistically, it’s probably 10 to 15.”

Currently still in the prototyping phase for his project, Glynn got some assistance in April when his converter took first place at Suffolk’s Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas, with a prize pool of $50,000 going to the five finalists. The money has helped him with his startup costs.

Glynn said that he has also gone to great lengths to make sure that his product, once installed in cars, will remain out of sight, out of mind.

“A catalytic converter downgrades a car’s speed about 1 to 3 horsepower, depending on the size of the car and how fast it’s going at the time,” Glynn said. “My product would be just like the catalytic converter, so I designed it to have as low an impact as possible.”