The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the recipient of two awards, selected by R&D Magazine, as part of the top 100 innovative scientific breakthroughs of the year. The magazine announced the winning technologies at its annual R&D 100 Awards ceremony, held Nov. 16 in Orlando, Fla.
The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovations awards program in research and development for the past 49 years, honoring pioneers in science and technology.
This year's awards bring PNNL's total to 109 since the awards' inception in 1969.
Protecting the electric grid — DCAT
Ever-increasing cyberattacks and natural disasters can wallop the nation's electric grid, potentially causing cascading power outages that cost utilities and their customers billions of dollars. PNNL's answer for minimizing the impact of extreme events on power grid is DCAT. By simulating thousands of extreme events, DCAT automatically meshes the evaluation of steady-state operations with changing occurrences in the electric grid to find weak spots. Once a weakness is identified, DCAT determines the impacts that would result from a cascading power outage and provides the power operator with actions to stop the outage before it happens. With DCAT, utilities would gain at least 50 percent in efficiency for analyzing grid occurrences compared to today's more manual processes.
Shifting cybersecurity from reaction to preemption — StreamWorks
One hundred forty six days — that's how long, on average, it takes to detect a cyberbreach from the time it begins. PNNL's StreamWorks cuts that time significantly — to near real-time — by detecting emerging patterns of sophisticated cyberattacks in massive data streams. Combining several analytic approaches, never before seen together in a cybersecurity tool, the technology tells a cyber analyst when major suspicious patterns are occurring, along with a description of the potential threat and a rationale for why the threat was selected — so the analyst doesn't have to guess, but instead can take action swiftly.
The R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology. R&D 100 Award recipients include established Fortune 500 companies and federally funded research institutions, as well as academic and government labs.
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