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May 31, 2013

A friend to the environment

Port native's invention reduces vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions

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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.”

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