The ZSW foundation has two organs, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors. The scientific/technical tasks are currently organised into ten technical departments. The two business divisions "Photovoltaics" and "Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage" and the division "Energy Policy and Energy Carriers" integrate the technical departments into larger research fields. The Heads of the Business Divisions are also scientific members of the Board of Directors.

The Central Division Finance, Human Resources and Legal embraces the administrative areas of Management, Public Relations, Finances, Controlling, Personnel, and Organisation and is headed by the CEO.

Board of Trustees

Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Daimler AG  

Vice Chairmen
Prof. Dr. Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, University Ulm, President

Ministries and Organisations
  • Ministerialrätin Susanne Ahmed,
    Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Ministerialdirigent Karl Greißing,
    Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Ministerialdirigent Günther Leßnerkraus,
    Ministry for Economic Affairs, State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Regierungsdirektor Dr. Christoph Rövekamp,
    German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bonhoff,
    National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
Universities Stuttgart and Ulm
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Ressel, University Stuttgart, Rector
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, University Ulm, President
German Aerospace Research Centre
  • Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Milow, Energy Programme Director
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, Steinbeis Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Angelika Heinzel, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Leprich, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie
  • Dipl.-Ing. (FH), MBA Klaus Eder, Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu-Ulm
  • Dr. Axel Heinrich, Volkswagen AG
  • Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, Applied Solar Expertise
  • Dr. Jürgen Kirschner, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Dr. Peter Lamp, BMW Group
  • Dieter Manz, Manz GmbH Management Consulting and Investment
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Daimler AG
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Münch, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
  • Dipl.-Ing. Roland Pröger, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dr. Günter von Au, Clariant SE
  • Dipl.-Ing. Gregor Waldstein, GWA Beteiligungs- und Management GmbH
Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß
CEO and head of the Division "Energy Policy and Energy Carriers"

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Prof. Dr. Michael Powalla
also head of the Photovoltaics Division

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Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz
Memeber of the board and head of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies Division untill 09/30/2018: Press release on the farewell of Wener Tillmetz