Professor Werner Tillmetz will retire at the end of September 2018 after some 20 years in industry and 14 years as a member of the Board of Di-rectors and Head of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies Division at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). Fuel cells and batteries – these two forward-looking transportation technologies figured prominently in his career. Tillmetz made the most of his position to drive the Ulm-based ZSW’s development. It is now one of Europe's leading research institutes for batteries and fuel cells. The insti-tute and the University of Ulm’s search for a successor is underway.