The 1st International WINERCOST Conference (WINERCOST'17) started. During the Opening Session, WINERCOST chair C. Baniotopoulos and the conference co-chair Prof. C. Rebelo along with the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Coimbra Prof. Luis Neves welcomed the participants (photo) and described the framework of the current and future WINERCOST activities. The 1st WINERCOST Conference with more than 100 participants and 70 scientific papers of high scientific level was a very successful international forum on Energy Technology Harvesting and an important dissemination step for the TU1304 Action.