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 are headed by the Managing Director.
Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Daimler AG
Prof. Dr. Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, University Ulm, President
Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß
Managing Director and head of the Division "Energy Policy and Energy Carriers"
Prof. Dr. Michael Powalla
also head of the Photovoltaics Division
Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz
also head of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies Division