Two of the 100 most innovative scientific breakthroughs of the past year were discovered in Richland.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this year received two R&D 100 Awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of invention.”
They bring PNNL’s R&D 100 total to 109 since the awards’ inception in 1969.
One award was for DCAT, a system that helps provide actions that a power operator can take to stop outages before they happen.
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It aims to minimize the threat of cascading power outages that can be caused by cyberattacks and natural disasters by combining analysis of steady-state operations and changing occurrences during extreme events.
The other award was for StreamWorks, a system that can help preempt a cybersecurity breach.
Now it takes an average of 146 days to detect a breach, according to PNNL
StreamWorks cuts that to near real time by detecting emerging patterns of sophisticated cyberattacks in massive data streams, so action can be taken quickly.