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Microsoft Word - JasonPEECS.doc A Survey on the Use of Web Technologies in the Promotion of Sustainable Energy Wigrai Thanadechteemapat and Chun Che Fung School of Information Technology, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, Australia [email protected] [email protected] Abstract—Energy crisis and climate changes are now recognised as the key challenges faced by the human race. Many researchers are working towards solutions for the problems. One of the solutions is a wider use of sustainable energy to replace the traditional carbon-based resources. In order to support the researchers to develop this solution, current and up-to-date information and knowledge should be provided and made accessible automatically. One such channel is the World-Wide- Web. This paper surveys web technologies that are currently used to promote sustainable energy on the Web. This information will be used to support the next phase of a research aimed at extracting relevant information from the World-Wide- Web on sustainable energy automatically. I. INTRODUCTION Energy is essential for the human society. Since the discovery of fire, human race has utilized energy for survival and comfort. Energy is now indispensible for daily personal living, dwelling and shelter for the family, social functions and gathering, communal interactions and transactions of all forms, and, the building and defense of every nation. Most of resources that are used to produce energy are fossil or carbon based in the forms of crude oil, coal and natural gas [1]. Despite the debates on the exact amount of such resources available in the world, it is undeniable that such forms of energy resources are finite. In addition, excessive use of such resources has been alleged that it has led to climate change and global warming. The potential crisis of the eventual depletion of the traditional energy sources and climate change will have huge and dire impacts on the environment [2] and the

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